Clearwater Man Almost Drowns Trying to Rescue Dog
His mother-in-law saved him.
LARGO – Deputies are investigating a near drowning after a man swam into a lake at Walsingham Park to rescue his dog, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Mark V. Payne, 33, of Clearwater, was taken to Largo Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Deputies said that, about 10:13 a.m.Saturday (May 4), they were called to Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave. N in the unincorporated Largo area, for a report of a man and a dog struggling to swim in the water.
Deputies say the Payne, his wife and his mother-in-law were behind shelter No. 1 at Walsingham Park with their dog getting ready to take family photographs.
The dog pulled away from Payne and ran into Lake Walsingham. Payne went into the lake to get the family dog. For an unknown reason, deputies said, Payne was struggling to swim and went underwater.
Deputies said his mother-in -law, Roberta Sharman, 48, of St. Petersburg, went into the lake and rescued Payne who was unconscious. Sharman brought Payne back to shore.
Paramedics from the Seminole Fire Rescue Department responded and treated Payne at the scene. The paramedics also went into the lake and got the family dog, which was not hurt.
Deputies said the incident appears accidental.
File photo shows a view of Lake Walsingham at Walsingham Park.
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