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St. Petersburg man dies in kayaking accident

A St. Petersburg man died in a kayaking accident on Saturday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, along with several other agencies, responded to a waterborne search and rescue in Tampa Bay near the Gandy Bridge.

About 6:30 p.m., a kayak was found by the St. Petersburg Police Department with no one on board.

About thirty minutes later, a Tampa Police Department helicopter located an unresponsive subject in the water.

The victim, 35-year-old Dominic Johnson, was recovered by St. Pete/Clearwater Airport Fire Rescue.

He was later declared deceased.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased following this tragic incident," the FWC said in a statement.

The United States Coast Guard, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Fire Rescue, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Fire Rescue also provided assistance during the search and rescue.

The FWC will be investigating the incident as a boating accident.

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