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Date of Issue: July 11, 2009

Man died in watercraft accident

One person died July 4 in a personal watercraft accident that occurred at the entrance to Longboat Pass near Bradenton Beach.

Three people — a husband, his wife and their friend — were riding a personal watercraft about noon on July 4 when the accident happened, according to Capt. Larry Leinhauser with the Manatee County Emergency Medical Service.

The watercraft tipped at the entrance to the pass on the bayside and the husband and wife were pulled in a strong current toward a barge in the bay, Leinhauser said.

Leinhauser said the husband, who was identified Monday afternoon as Jose H. Medina, 30, of Deltona, was pulled under the barge and, although he was wearing a flotation device, he drowned. The wife and the third person were not physically injured.

Manatee County EMS technicians responded, as did officers with the Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key police departments and the county’s marine rescue division.