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Search for missing swimmer off Fort De Soto resumes

TIERRA VERDE — Authorities resumed their search early Thursday for a St. Petersburg man who went missing while swimming off Fort De Soto Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Kevin A. Persad, 29, was in the water with two friends near the north beach when he disappeared about 3:30 p.m., according to authorities. One of the friends, Michael Moyer, called 911 from his cell phone, Pinellas sheriff's deputies said.

Witnesses told authorities Persad was trying to swim to the southern tip of Shell Key. Bunces Pass, an east-west inlet known for its strong currents, separates the two beaches.

Divers from the Sheriff's Office and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue were in the water Wednesday afternoon looking for Persad. The Coast Guard also had boats and a helicopter involved in the search.

The search was postponed Wednesday at sunset.

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Search for missing swimmer off Fort De Soto resumes 09/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:52am]
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