|Alerted on the beach that children were in distress in the April 8 turbulent waters of the Gulf of Mexico off of Miramar Beach, Florida, college student Layne Paul Gravois, 21, of Gray, Louisiana, as well as several others, entered the water and swam toward people in distress in the water. As the water conditions worsened and those who had responded also struggled, a human chain was formed from shore to attempt to reach those in distress. Business consultant Kim A. McGrady, 55, of Dunwoody, Georgia, also entered the water. Separate from the chain, McGrady swam toward someone he had seen in distress. Buffeted by heavy waves, Gravois and McGrady were removed from the water by others and were among 11 people who needed medical attention on the beach. Gravois and McGrady drowned.