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Spring Hill Man Drowns Near Dunedin Causeway

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Pinellas deputies say his kayak capsized and he was not wearing a life vest. Rough conditions on the water made rescue impossible from land.

DUNEDIN – A Spring Hill man drowned near the Dunedin Causeway after he was unable to swim back to shore after capsizing his kayak, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Kyle Zachary Bobb, 20, of Spring Hill, died at the scene. Mr. Bobb was not wearing a life vest, deputies said. It does not appear alcohol or drugs were factors in the incident.

Deputies said they were called to the Dunedin Causeway about 10:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 15) after receiving reports of man struggling in the water. Deputies learned that Mr. Bobb had capsized his kayak and had
not returned to shore.

Deputies on shore were able to see Mr. Bobb about 200 yards offshore and called for help from the flight and marine units. Rough conditions on the water made a rescue impossible from land. Flight unit deputies were unable to keep sight of Mr. Bobb because of the rough conditions. Marine units and rescue boats arrived to search for him.

About 2:45 this morning (Feb. 16), deputies found Mr. Bobb’s body on the north side of the Dunedin Causeway about 200 yards offshore.

Investigators said Mr. Bobb and a group of friends were at the Dunedin Causeway to shark fish from shore. According to the friends, Mr. Bobb had paddled his kayak into the water to set a bait when his vessel capsized and he was unable to swim back.

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