Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Public safety

Rescuers pull man from water off St. Pete Beach

ST. PETE BEACH — Rescue workers pulled a man from the water Wednesday afternoon off St. Pete Beach.

The man, who was unconscious when brought to shore, was taken to a local hospital, authorities said. An updated condition could not be learned Wednesday night.

People at the beach called 911 after they lost sight of the man, who had ventured out to sea on a raft at about 5 p.m., St. Pete Beach Fire & Rescue officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene along with sheriff's deputies and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A firefighter used a rescue paddle board to swim toward the area where the man was last seen. The man was there, floating face-down in the water, authorities said.

After taking the man back to shore, rescuers used CPR to try to revive him, officials said. He was still unconscious when taken to the hospital.

The man's name was not available.

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