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Date of Issue: June 08, 2006

Bradenton man dies in boating accident

Bradenton resident Joe Freidman, 28, died Memorial Day afternoon after he apparently struck his head after diving off a boat near Jewfish Key in the Longboat Pass.

The water where Friedman dove in head first was only about five feet deep, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson Gary Morse said.

Freidman's body was taken on board the boat and CPR was administered. A nearby Florida Marine Patrol boat arrived and transported Freidman to Coquina Beach from where he was taken by paramedics to Blake Medical Center and pronounced dead.

A medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death, Morse said.

Each year, more than 100 people die in Florida's inshore and offshore waters from boating accidents, said Morse.