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Body of 23-year-old is found in Lake Tarpon

Published May 15, 2000
Updated Sep. 27, 2005

The body of a 23-year-old Tarpon Springs man was found floating Sunday afternoon in the middle of Lake Tarpon, more than a day after he was reported missing after falling off a personal watercraft.

John E. Kasting of 101 Highland Ave. S was riding a two-seat WaveRunner driven by his friend Thomas O'Neil, 24, at 2 a.m. Saturday when he apparently fell from the watercraft.

Search crews scoured the lake Saturday and Sunday for Kasting, who was found at 2:18 p.m. floating south of A.L. Anderson Park, said Cal Dennie, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

O'Neil, of 2 Oak Ave. in Palm Harbor, and Kasting were riding through the lake when O'Neil noticed that his friend was missing.

O'Neil searched the lake without success for about 10 minutes before going for help.

Dennie said both men had been drinking before riding on the watercraft. No charges have been filed.