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14-098 Deputies Respond To Drowning At Fort De Soto Park

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Jaime Suarez (Drowning Victim)
DOB: 5/12/1940
Address: Carrera 13  #30A76 Viveros, Ibague, Colombia

What:
Deputies responded to a drowning  at Fort  De Soto Park.

When:
Deputies responded to the incident at about 3:17 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Where:
The incident occurred at a Fort De Soto Park located at 3500 Pinellas Bayway South in St. Petersburg.

Why/How:
Deputies responded to a drowning at Fort De Soto Park near the Ft. De Soto Pier at about 3:17 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

According to deputies, 73-year-old Jaime Suarez was in visiting the beach with family and was in the water when family members noticed he was unresponsive. Bystanders in the area assisted in pulling Suarez from the water, began CPR and called 9-1-1.

EMS and Deputies arrived on scene and Suarez was transported to a local hospital via ambulance were he later died.

Deputies say the drowning appears to be accidental and it is unknown at this time if it is health related.

The investigation continues.

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