Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man found floating in gulf on North Redington Beach identified

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — Pinellas deputies said Thursday that they have identified an unconscious man who was found floating in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday morning behind the Tides condominiums.

Wayne Kozlowski, 70, of 2505 East Bay Drive in the Eldorado Village mobile home park in Largo remained hospitalized in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies had difficulty identifying Kozlowski on Wednesday because he was found without any identification.

On Thursday morning, a person on the beach found a small, partially hidden pile of clothing beside the beach access near 16900 Gulf Blvd. and called the Sheriff's Office.

Car keys were found with the clothing. Deputies then found Kozlowski's red Chevrolet Blazer at a shopping center on Gulf Boulevard.

Around the same time the clothes, keys and vehicle were found, Largo police received a request for a welfare check from the manager of the mobile home park, who reported he was concerned because he hadn't seen Kozlowski. The manager told Largo police Kozlowski drove a red Blazer that was not at the park.

Largo police called the Sheriff's Office about the report of the missing man. Deputies relayed that they had found a vehicle matching that description and were able to make the connection between the welfare check and the man found floating a day earlier, the Sheriff's Office said.

The mobile home park manager, who was not identified, met Largo police at the hospital. He identified the patient as Kozlowski.

Kozlowski was found floating facedown a little less than 20 yards from shore, behind the condos at 16800 Gulf Blvd. Bystanders performed CPR before he was transported to a hospital.

Family members of Kozlowski in Wisconsin have been notified, the Sheriff's Office said.

Man found floating in gulf on North Redington Beach identified 08/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jones: Rays' Kevin Cash doesn't mind following in Joe Maddon's steps

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — On this particular night, he's the other guy. He's like a talk-show guest scooted to the end of the couch. He is Kevin Cash. And the Rays manager is standing in the home dugout at Tropicana Field.

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Manager Kevin Cash (L) of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts to action during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field on September 17, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images) 700012494
  2. 7.1 magnitude quake kills at least 139, collapses buildings in Mexico


    MEXICO CITY — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

    A woman is lifted on a stretcher from of a building that collapsed during an earthquake in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. [Rebecca Blackwell | Associated Press]
  3. Hurricane Maria's winds hit 175 mph as it aims at Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands


    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually …

    A boat lays on its side off the shore of Sainte-Anne on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, early Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, after the passing of Hurricane Maria. [Dominique Chomereau-Lamotte | Associated Press]
  4. Another Hollywood nursing home resident dies. It's the 9th in post-Irma tragedy.

    State Roundup

    The Broward County Medical Examiner's office is investigating another death of a resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills — the ninth blamed on the failure of a cooling system that became a stifling deathtrap three days after Irma hit.

    Carlos Canal, pictured at 47 years old, came to Miami from Cuba in 1960. Above is his citizenship photo. [Courtesy of Lily Schwartz]
  5. Hillsborough School Board approves 2017-18 budget


    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved a budget of $2.83 billion for the 2017-18 school year.

    Photo illustration. []