Sheriff's Office: Caspersen Beach drowning victim identified

Update on Tuesday, May 9, 2017: VENICE, Fla. - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office identified a man killed due to an apparent drowning on Monday.

Bradley A. Blake, 44, of Sarasota was dead after authorities took him to shore.

Rescuers responded to a call of a boat in distress off Caspersen Beach around noon Monday.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said Blake’s preliminary cause of death is drowning.

Original Story on Monday, May 8, 2017: VENICE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say two people were discovered on a raft in the Gulf of Mexico, and one of them was later pronounced dead.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that rescuers responded Monday morning to a call for a boat in distress off Caspersen Beach. Two people were brought to shore, but a man in his 40s was pronounced dead.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office officials say they're conducting a death investigation.

© 2017 Associated Press


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