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Girl, 13, saved from drowning off St. Pete Beach

A 13-year-old Georgia girl was rescued from the waters off St. Pete Beach Sunday afternoon by her sister and two good Samaritans, according to Pinellas County authorities. About 2:28 p.m., deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded to St. Pete Beach, near Alden Resort, in response to a possible drowning. Once they arrived, deputies found the girl laying in the sand at the edge of the water. The victim and her 15-year-old sister were swimming in the Gulf of Mexico when they began to get tired due to the waves and strong current, deputies said. The combination of exhaustion and strong currents caused the 13-year-old to begin to go under water. The girl’s sister along with two unidentified good Samaritans, pulled her from the water and to the shore.
When deputies arrived they found the victim conscious and breathing. She was taken to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg with non-life-threatening injuries as a precaution. The family is visiting from Georgia and at the time of the incident, the teens’ mother was with other family members just north of the where she was found.
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