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Elderly woman pulled from gulf in Belleair Shore has died

BELLEAIR SHORE — The 72-year-old woman found unconscious in shallow water off Belleair Shore beach Wednesday afternoon has died, authorities said Thursday.

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 around 1 p.m.

Lonecke was taken to Largo Medical Center in critical condition and later died at the hospital around 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

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.

An autopsy will be performed, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.

Elderly woman pulled from gulf in Belleair Shore has died 06/03/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:44pm]
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