Police identify woman who drowned near Clearwater Beach - WFLA News Channel 8

Police identify woman who drowned near Clearwater Beach

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A 62-year-old woman drowned while swimming off Clearwater Beach.

Kristine B. Heller, of Clearwater, went for an evening swim with her husband, according to Clearwater police report.

Her husband noticed the current in the Gulf of Mexico was getting stronger and the water deeper as they swam Monday evening. He returned to shore while his wife continued swimming. He later told authorities that his wife was a stronger swimmer.

A Clearwater Fire & Rescue crew found the woman's body around 7:30 p.m. and began CPR. The boat was in the area conducting dive training for local police and firefighters.

The woman was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.


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