PINELLAS PARK — Alcohol appears to have contributed to the Sunday morning drowning death of a 50-year-old Pinellas Park man, authorities said.
About 1:30 a.m., Paul Burnett Hasler was found at the bottom of a cement pool behind his duplex by another resident, Pinellas Park Police Sgt. Michael Hubble said.
When officers arrived on the scene at 7327 59th St. N, they pulled an unresponsive Hasler from the pool, which was 8 1/2 feet deep. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, then later took him to Northside Hospital. Hasler was pronounced dead at 2:10 a.m., Hubble said.
His body was taken to the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office. Hubble said alcohol may have been a factor, but the cause of death is pending while officials await toxicology and autopsy reports.