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Man dies after being pulled from water off St. Pete Beach

ST. PETE BEACH — A man who was pulled from the water Wednesday off St. Pete Beach later died at the hospital, police said Thursday.

Authorities did not release the man's identity as they had not been able to locate any of the man's family members by Thursday night to notify them of his death.

Rescuers responded after people at the beach called 911 at about 5 p.m. Wednesday and reported that they had lost sight of the man after he ventured out to sea on a raft, officials said. A firefighter used a rescue paddle board to swim to the area where the man was found floating face-down.

The man was pulled back to shore, where rescuers tried to revive him through CPR, officials said. He died after being taken to the hospital.

No other information about the circumstances of the drowning was available Thursday.

Man dies after being pulled from water off St. Pete Beach 09/13/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 13, 2012 9:57pm]

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