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Man dies in apparent drowning off Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER — A 20-year-old Georgia man died in an apparent drowning on Clearwater Beach Friday evening.

Ryan Terry, of Gainesville, Ga., was swimming about 30 yards from shore when he went under. Donald L. Duncan, 41, also of Gainesville, Ga., swam with him. An officer patrolling the beach was alerted and rushed to help, eventually pulling Duncan from the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Clearwater Fire and Rescue and police all searched to find Terry. When rescuers found him, they performed CPR but eventually pronounced him dead, officials said.

Duncan was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, officials said. His condition was unknown.

Officials said the incident occurred near Idlewild Street. Duncan and Terry worked together in Georgia and were staying with others at a hotel in Orlando. They traveled to Clearwater for the day. A police spokesman said a strong current and the choppy water may have contributed to the incident.

Times staff

Man dies in apparent drowning off Clearwater Beach 06/13/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 13, 2014 11:12pm]
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