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Woman, 81, dies after falling out of johnboat while fishing near Caladesi Island


Elderly Woman who fell from johnboat dies

An 81-year-old woman fell out of a small johnboat and died Tuesday afternoon as she and her husband were fishing in the mangroves between Caladesi Island and the north end of Clearwater Beach. Beverly Barnes was pronounced dead at Morton Plant Hospital. Her husband, Norman Robert Barnes, also 81, was hospitalized after he swallowed a significant amount of water while trying to rescue his wife, officials said. The couple are believed to be seasonal residents who divide their time between Iowa and the Pinellas County area. Norman Barnes was sitting toward the boat's stern when he turned to find his wife missing from the bow, where she had been sitting. He dove in, pulled her out of the water, began administering CPR and called 911. Once they got the call shortly after 12:30 p.m., it took Clearwater Fire and Rescue personnel about 20 minutes to locate the boaters through the GPS on Barnes' cellphone. There is nothing to indicate foul play, officials said.

Top players vie at shuffleboard event

The Clearwater Shuffleboard Club will host a Florida State Shuffleboard Association doubles tournament this morning featuring some of Florida's best pro shuffleboarders, including many active Hall of Fame players. Spectators are welcome. The event will take place rain or shine at 26 indoor and 13 outdoor courts. It's free for spectators. It begins at 9 a.m. at the Shuffleboard Club, 1020 Calumet St., Clearwater. For more information, call (727) 446-3306.


Artist who roots out natural dyes to speak

The free Coffee and Conversation Series at the Dunedin Fine Art Center will host artist Bonnie Bowman at noon Jan. 10. Bowman will speak on eco-dyeing using natural dyes. She will also talk about how to find and identify plants that may produce worthwhile dyes, extracting the color from those plants and making them colorfast. The center is at 1143 Michigan Blvd. Call (727) 298-3322 or visit

Woman, 81, dies after falling out of johnboat while fishing near Caladesi Island 12/18/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:41pm]
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