Clearwater police and rescue crews are investigating the drowning of a 20-year-old Georgia man off the northern part of Clearwater Beach on Friday evening.
The body of Ryan Terry, 20, was pulled out of the water after 6 p.m. A second man, Donald Larry Duncan, 41, was taken to Morton Plant Hospital for treatment.
Clearwater police officer Christian Zarra was patrolling the beach about 6 p.m. when someone signaled him and told him a swimmer was struggling in the water, authorities said. He ran into the water and was able to help Duncan back onto the beach.
Francois St. Maurice, a cardiologist from Montreal, was on the beach at the time of the incident and helped treat Duncan until paramedics arrived, police said. Another man who was on the beach, Michael Foster of Livonia, Mich., helped rescue crews find and retrieve Terry’s body.
Duncan and Terry were co-workers in Georgia, police said. The two men were on a group vacation and staying in the Orlando area.