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Man dies after falling off boat near Island Estates in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — A 43-year-old man died Saturday after falling from a boat, officials said.

Clearwater Fire & Rescue were called to a water rescue about 7 p.m. roughly 100 feet off shore near Island Estates.

Shawn P. Whaley, of 31 Midway Island, was sitting near the back of the boat when other people onboard heard a splash, according to Elizabeth Watts, the city's public safety spokeswoman.

The boat turned around and picked Whaley up, but he was not breathing, Watts said.

He was pronounced dead at Morton Plant Hospital.

Whaley's death is not considered suspicious, Watts said. An autopsy will be performed to determine a cause of death.

Man dies after falling off boat near Island Estates in Clearwater 07/31/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 31, 2010 9:15pm]
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