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Three men clinging to cooler rescued from Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — Three men were rescued from the waters of Tampa Bay on Wednesday afternoon after their canoe overturned near the Gandy Bridge, authorities said.

Anthony Polson, 20, Adrian Spagnolo, 21, and Yariel Vichot, 21, all from Tampa, told rescuers they were fishing from a 13-foot canoe under the Gandy Bridge when the wake of a passing boat caused their vessel to take on water, said Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue.

The canoe went under, and the men, who were wearing life preservers, clung to a cooler and were carried by the current.

An officer from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission who was driving on the bridge spotted them minutes after 6 p.m. and notified authorities, said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the wildlife agency.

The men were in the water for about 45 minutes when authorities rescued them about a half-mile south of the bridge. Back on land, the men refused medical treatment.

Three men clinging to cooler rescued from Tampa Bay 05/04/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 11:28pm]
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