Homeless man believed to have drowned in St. Pete creek identified

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have identified the homeless man believed to have drowned in Booker Creek on Thursday night.

Carl Randall Gibson, 59, was drinking near a bridge with other men when he stood up and accidentally fell into the creek about 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of Fourth Street S, St. Petersburg Police said.

Other homeless people in the area heard Gibson fall, police said. They jumped in and pulled him out, but Gibson was dead by the time rescuers arrived.

The death appeared to be an accidental drowning, police said. Gibson's body was taken to the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office, where the official cause of death will be determined.

Homeless man believed to have drowned in St. Pete creek identified 12/07/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 6:14pm]

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