The Warner Robins man reportedly hit his head after diving into the shallow water of a sandbar called Crab Island near the Destin Bridge.

Georgia man hospitalized after diving into shallow water near Destin

A Middle Georgia man was hospitalized Saturday after being pulled from the water unconscious after diving from a pontoon boat in Destin, Florida.

Travis D. Forbes, 40, of Warner Robins, reportedly hit his head after diving into the shallow water of a sandbar called Crab Island near the Destin Bridge.

According to a news release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, he was quickly pulled from the water around 1 p.m. and given CPR. Before losing consciousness, he told his rescuers that he could not feel his arms.

Forbes was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and his current status was not released. 

In an email to AJC.com, representatives from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said deputies had only assisted with the medical call and they could not provide additional information on Forbes’ condition.

Crab Island is a popular hangout spot for boaters just off Destin Harbor and clearly visible from the Destin Bridge. Though none of Crab Island breaks through the water as dry land, the shallow, calm water of the sandbar can attract dozens of boats at a time. Visitors are able to walk in the shallows between boats, creating a social atmosphere. 

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