Corinth paramedic drowns in Gulf

By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Corinth mourns the loss of a paramedic who drowned Monday in Florida while vacationing with his wife.

Wayne Timms, 45, died while swimming off the Gulf Coast, according to The Star newspaper of Port St. Joe, Fla.

Charles Seguy, a dive master, told Gulf County Sheriff’s Office deputies he heard screams and saw the victim waving his arms in distress. When Seguy entered the water and swam to the victim, he found him unresponsive. Seguy attempted water rescue CPR, but the conditions were too rough for it to be performed, the newspaper reported.

“It’s a great loss to the community, not only a great loss to us,” said Mike Lutz, director of the Magnolia Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Service, where Timms worked. “He was such a fine paramedic.”

Timms also worked for the Air Evac Lifeteam air ambulance service out of Corinth.

Arrangements at Memorial Funeral Home include visitation 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the funeral at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com