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After sailboat overturns, Clearwater man waves swim trunks for help

CLEARWATER — A 66-year-old Clearwater man used his swimming trunks to flag down help after his sailboat overturned Sunday afternoon, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Candido Dominguez told marine unit Deputy David Bianchet that while he was sailing in Old Tampa Bay, he shifted his weight and accidentally caused the 10- to 12-foot boat to flip. He was not wearing a life vest.

Once in the water, Dominguez tried to use a rope to pull the sailboat. He grew tired and let go. He then swam to the Bayside Bridge and climbed the wooden planks.

Bianchet was conducting a check of the west side of the bridge about 1 p.m. when he saw the overturned boat.

He took Dominguez to Courtney Campbell Beach, where he was treated for minor cuts and scrapes to his feet. Bianchet also towed the sailboat to the north side of the bridge.

After sailboat overturns, Clearwater man waves swim trunks for help 07/18/10 [Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 10:17am]
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