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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 11:33pm]

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