2 separate accidents at Fort De Soto Park hours apart
Fort De Soto Park was the sight of two water accidents Saturday.
A 73-year-old tourist died in a drowning accident shortly after 3 p.m. A couple hours later, the Pinellas County Fire Rescue dive team responded to the park's north beach to rescue two jet ski accident victims.
Pinellas County sheriff's officials said Jaime Suarez of Ibague, Columbia, was visiting the beach with relatives Saturday afternoon. He was in the water near the Fort De Soto Pier, when family members noticed he was unresponsive.
He was pulled from the water and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was administered, a PCSO news release states. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Authorities believe the drowning was accidental. It is unknown if it was health-related.
About 5:30 p.m., the PCSO dive team responded to a call about a jet ski accident in the water near the park's north beach, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -Southwest. Two personal water crafts collided near Bunce's Path.
Two people on the same water craft were injured. Wilfredo Rodriguez, 47, and Yariel Rodriguez, 16, both of 16 Lake Village Way in Kissimmee were rescued from the water and taken to Bayfront Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
A water craft operated by Wilfredo Rodriguez collided with another one operated by Robert Castro Tejera, 44, of 2819 Berkshire Circle in Kissimmee, a FWC news release states. Tejera owns both water crafts.