Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

St. Petersburg police identify man who drowned in apartment pool

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have identified a man who drowned this weekend after bragging about how long he could swim under water.

A witness pulled Damon Russell Hughes from the bottom of the pool at Brandywine Apartments shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday.

The 40-year-old man lived at the complex, at 1609 68th St. N, with his mother. She was at church at the time, police spokesman Mike Puetz said Tuesday.

Witnesses had seen Hughes at the pool earlier on Sunday. One said Hughes tried to get him to bet on Hughes' underwater swimming endurance, Puetz said. The witness refused and left the pool area.

The witness' teen son stayed, however, and started to worry when Hughes didn't surface after diving to the bottom of the pool.

The boy ran and got help, Puetz said.

Hughes was pronounced dead at St. Petersburg General Hospital

Police believe he either accidentally drowned or suffered a medical episode. The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office will determine a cause of death.

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