Man died in watercraft accident
One person died July 4 in a personal watercraft accident that occurred
at the entrance to Longboat Pass near Bradenton Beach.
people — a husband, his wife and their friend — were riding
a personal watercraft about noon on July 4 when the accident happened, according
to Capt. Larry Leinhauser with the Manatee County Emergency Medical Service.
watercraft tipped at the entrance to the pass on the
bayside and the husband and wife were pulled in a strong
current toward a barge in the bay, Leinhauser said.
Leinhauser said the
husband, who was identified Monday afternoon as Jose
H. Medina, 30, of Deltona, was pulled under the barge
and, although he was wearing a flotation device, he drowned. The wife
and the third person were not physically injured.
Manatee County EMS technicians
responded, as did officers with the Bradenton Beach
and Longboat Key police departments and the county’s marine rescue