Midland Marine Dies in Florida

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

A Midland Marine died over the weekend at a Florida hospital with his family by his side.

24-year-old Patrick Wayland was pronounced brain dead on Friday morning.

The 2nd Lieutenant was undergoing remedial swim training in Pensacola back on August 1 when he went into cardiac arrest.

Medical personnel administered CPR and he was taken to a nearby hospital.

Wayland was then airlifted to sacred heart hospital in Pensacola.

Although he was pronounced brain dead on Friday morning, he remained on a ventilator until organ recipients could be located across the country.

He was taken off life support on Saturday night.

An investigation into his death is still ongoing.

No information is being released about the funeral at this time.

NewsWest 9 tried to contact Wayland's family and friends making calls and sending messages through Facebook but no one would make comment.

One friend of the family did send NewsWest 9 a statement:  "Patrick enlisted with the goal to save lives, and even though it wasn't in the sense that we all imagine; five of his organs were able to be donated to fellow marines whose families had similar prayers of a miracle would happen for their kids. His untimely death served as a blessing for those families and Patrick would be proud knowing what he has done for them."

Another close friend of Patrick's, Tyler Timmons, called NewsWest 9 and said that Patrick was a friend to all and that he will be sorely missed.