PALM HARBOR (CBSMiami/AP) – A sinking boat prompted two men to swim to shore to save their lives, but one later lost his battle to live.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies said Stephen Chadwick of Tarpon Springs and Joseph Citro of Indianapolis boarded a boat and headed out to meet friends at an island in the Gulf of Mexico.
Deputies said the boat began taking on water less around 2:00a.m. Sunday, about an hour into the trip and sank.
The men initially held on to the hull but eventually decided to swim to shore. Chadwick wore a life vest and Citro used a backpack to stay afloat.
Investigators say Chadwick lost consciousness around 7 p.m. as they approached the shore off Clearwater. Citro pulled him onto land and performed CPR. A nearby resident called 911.
Both men were taken to the hospital. Investigators say Chadwick died Monday from his injuries.
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