Missing water scooter rider rescued off Courtney Campbell

CLEARWATER — A man on a stranded water scooter was rescued off the Pinellas side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Tuesday night, authorities said.

A friend of the man called authorities at about 8:30 p.m. after he didn't return to shore, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios. The Coast Guard notified Clearwater Police and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, who began searching the area.

A fisherman spotted the stranded vessel and notified authorities. The man aboard was not hurt. It was not clear why the water scooter stalled, Rios said.

Missing water scooter rider rescued off Courtney Campbell 08/02/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 11:02pm]

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