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73-year-old man drowns in St. Petersburg pool

ST. PETERSBURG — A 73-year-old man from Massachusetts drowned in a St. Petersburg condominium swimming pool Monday night.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue got a call about a drowning about 9:30 p.m. from the pool at Mariners Pass, 6747 NE Cape Hatteras Way, said spokesman Lt. Joel Granata.

The Massachusetts man, whose name has not been released, was visiting a female friend who lives there, Granata said. The two were relaxing in the pool Monday evening with friends when a few of them got out for cocktails. The friends later noticed that the 73-year-old was still at the bottom of the pool. It is not clear how long he was underwater, Granata said.

Another condo resident pulled the man from the water, and someone called 911. Rescuers attempted CPR, but the man was pronounced dead on the scene.

"It's just kind of a sad thing," Granata said.

There does not appear to be evidence of foul play, according to a news release from the St. Petersburg Police Department. An investigation is ongoing.

An earlier report from St. Petersburg Fire Rescue included an incorrect age for the man.

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