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Man, 20, drowns after kayak capsizes off Dunedin Causeway

The Spring Hill man had been shark fishing with friends when he went out to set bait.
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A 20-year-old Spring Hill man was found drowned early Sunday morning after his kayak capsized on the north side of the Dunedin Causeway, about 200 yards offshore, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Kyle Zachary Bobb and a group of friends were shark fishing from shore Saturday night. Friends told investigators that when Bobb paddled a kayak offshore to set bait, the kayak capsized and he was unable to swim back.

They called for help and deputies arrived around 10:30 p.m. A report cites rough water conditions making “a rescue impossible from land.” Deputies called in the flight and marine units. The flight unit was unable to keep an eye on Bobb, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. When marine units got to the scene, they began a search. Bobb’s body was recovered around 2:45 a.m.

Officials do not think drugs or alcohol were a factor. Bobb was not wearing a life vest, they said.

A GoFundMe has been set up in Bobb’s name. Text accompanying the call for donations says he “recently began the process to join the United States Navy.”

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