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Man who dived from Pier 60 is in serious condition


A 19-year-old who nearly drowned after diving off Pier 60 on Sunday remained in serious condition Monday at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Witnesses told authorities that Nathan Dwyer jumped headfirst into shallow water about 5:40 p.m. Sunday. The impact knocked him unconscious. Gulf High School senior Kenneth Booth, 18, of New Port Richey, was walking on the beach and saw Dwyer floating in the water.

People on the pier were shouting that Dwyer needed help, so Booth helped pull him to shore and used his Coast Guard auxiliary training to start CPR. Witnesses said a nurse, doctor and a police officer — all off duty— also helped until paramedics arrived.

After CPR Dwyer began breathing on his own, officials said, but he remained unconscious and was flown to Bayfront.

Man who dived from Pier 60 is in serious condition 03/31/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 7, 2008 3:17pm]
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