Authorities Release Bodycam Video From Ryan Mallett’s Tragic Death

Authorities in Florida have released body cam footage on Wednesday showing the conditions of the beach in Destin where former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett tragically died in a drowning accident.

The Okalossa Co. Sherriff’s office released the video along with additional details surrounding Mallet’s death, including information about water conditions.

“I think they’ve got him on the board now,” one of the deputies can be heard saying. 

According to the sheriff’s office, beach conditions at the time of Mallett’s death showed “no indications of any ‘riptides.’”


“The recent event in Destin yesterday, the tragic loss of life — it’s always difficult when we lose a tourist or resident here, but we have no indication of any dangerous conditions out there, the entire Okaloosa County, as well as Destin,” Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Adams said in a video statement. 

“We’re not under red flags or double red flags, despite some of the missed perceptions out there. We were under a yellow flag, which is just a swim with caution [advisory].

According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, first responders were called to a beach near Gulf Shores Drive in Destin around 2:15 p.m. after a man, later identified as Mallett, was pulled out from the water and was “not breathing.” 

Investigators believe the former Arkansas quarterback was struggling in the water while attempting to swim to a sandbar about 150 feet offshore. 

Despite the efforts of first responders, Mallett was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.