Child drowns at Siesta Key beach – WFLA


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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to conduct a death investigation following an incident that occurred Sunday evening at Siesta Public Beach.
Deputies were called to 948 Beach Road just before 6:30 p.m., for multiple reports of swimmers in distress. When they arrived, deputies located three swimmers including one adult female and two children. With assistance from bystanders and EMS personnel, all three were eventually brought to shore however, one of the children, a female, was unresponsive. Lifesaving measures were rendered but were unsuccessful. The female child was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
The victim has been identified as 10-year-old girl from Lake Wales.
Based on preliminary investigation and according to witnesses, it appears the victim was caught in a rip tide current that ultimately led to her drowning. There is no evidence of foul play or neglect. As always, an official cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing. No additional updates expected today.