Woman, 72, pulled from water off Belleair Shore

The 72-year-old woman found unconscious in shallow water off Belleair Shore beach Wednesday afternoon and taken to Largo Medical Center in critical condition was discharged from the hospital later that day after a stay in the emergency room.

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies say the woman, Audrey A. Lonecke, a New York resident who was visiting family in Florida, was seen by witnesses wading in knee-deep water before she was found motionless in the gulf.

Deputies say after Lonecke was pulled from the water near the beach access point at 1800 Gulf Blvd., a beachgoer identified as Magdi Ozman ran to Lonecke's side and began CPR.

Clearwater Fire Rescue units were on scene within four minutes of receiving the 911 call, said fire rescue spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.

Lonecke didn't have a pulse when rescue units found her on the beach, but were able to get her heart beating again en route to the hospital.

Woman, 72, pulled from water off Belleair Shore 06/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:24pm]

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