TIERRA VERDE – A 73-year-old man from Columbia visiting Fort De Soto Park with his family was pulled from the water near the pier Saturday afternoon and later died.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the park at 3500 Pinellas Bayway South in St. Petersburg about 3:17 p.m. May 10.
According to deputies, Jaime Suarez was in the water when family members noticed he was unresponsive. Bystanders assisted in pulling Suarez from the water, began CPR and called 911. Suarez was transported to a local hospital via ambulance were he later died.
Deputies said the drowning appears to be accidental. It is unknown at this time if it is health related.