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Man nearly drowns while trying to rescue dog, suffers life-threatening injuries

Pinellas County

TAMPA (WFLA) – A 33-year-old man nearly drowned as he tried to rescue a dog in Largo on Saturday, authorities said.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said the man, his wife, and his mother-in-law were with their dog, behind a shelter at Walsingham Park getting ready to take family photographs. The dog was on a leash, but managed to pull away and ran into Lake Walsingham.

The man tried to rescue the dog and struggled to swim. Then he went underwater. 

His mother-in-law went into the lake and pulled the unconscious man out of the water. 

Seminole Fire Rescue paramedics arrived and treated the man at the scene. He was rushed to Largo Medical Center with life-threatening injuries but is now in critical but stable condition.

Paramedics searched the lake and found the dog. It was not injured. 

Deputies say the incident appears accidental in nature.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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