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1 dead after boat capsizes in Gulf of Mexico

7:07 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
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PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) -- One man died after he and a friend swam to shore when their boat capsized off Pinellas County.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say Stephen Chadwick of Tarpon Springs died early Monday.

Chadwick and Joseph Citro of Indianapolis were heading to meet friends at an island in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday afternoon. Less than an hour into the trip the boat sank.

The men initially held on to the hull but eventually decided to swim to shore.

Investigators say Chadwick lost consciousness as they approached shore. Citro pulled him to shore and performed CPR while a nearby resident called 911. Officials say they were in the water about 4 hours.

Both men were taken to the hospital. Citro was treated and released from the hospital.

Associated Press

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