ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Law enforcement officers are investigating what lead to the death of a man they said was paddleboarding near Gandy Beach Saturday afternoon.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said Daniel Lukens, 60, launched his paddleboard from Gandy Beach around 12:45 p.m. and attempted to cross Tampa Bay, towards Picnic Island.
Deputies said Lukens’ body was recovered near Gandy Bridge. Neither a paddle board nor tether were found, but deputies said Lukens was wearing a life vest. It was not immediately clear how long Lukens was in the water before his body was recovered.
The Sheriff’s office said a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a small craft advisory which was in effect for Saturday, Jan. 29. The Tampa Police Department later said inexperienced mariners, especially those who plan to operate smaller vessels, should avoid boating in hazardous conditions.
No other information was provided. PCSO said an investigation is ongoing.
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