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Paratrooper dies trying to rescue swimmer

Posted May 26, 2008 12:40 p.m. EDT

— A Fort Bragg paratrooper drowned in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend while trying to save a swimmer off the Florida coast.

Pierre Allen, 21, a Mississippi native, disappeared beneath the waves near Panama City Saturday while the other swimmer was pulled to safety, authorities said.

Rescue crews recovered Allen's body Sunday.