Man Drowns Off Gandy Beach in St. Petersburg

posted by Felix Vega - 

St. Petersburg, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Pinellas County deputies are investigating the drowning death of a Largo man found floating in the water off the Gandy Beach in St. Petersburg.

A woman walking her dog along the beach spotted the man in the water shortly after 7PM Wednesday night.  That woman, identified as Ivana Mendiola, called out to the man, but when he did not respond she waded out into the water to check on him, according to deputies.

When Mendiola reached the man he was unconscious.  She and her husband, Norman, pulled the man to shore and called 911.

Paramedics had already pronounced the man dead by the time deputies got to the scene.  Deputies say the drowning appears to be accidental.

They are now working to notify that man's family before releasing any more information as their investigation continues.

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