MANATEE - The first autopsy findings on the South Carolina tourist who died parasailing off Longboat Key on Monday are inconclusive as to cause of death, Manatee County ‘s chief medical examiner said this afternoon.
“We are still gathering information to come to a final determination,” said Dr. Russell Vega, regarding parasailer David Sieradzki, 31, who dropped into the Gulf of Mexico when the boat pulling him suddenly lost power.
“But the autopsy was inconclusive,” Vega said.
Vega said he didn’t want to comment on specific causes like heart attack or drowning until he can try to piece all things together for himself.
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Several witnesses told authorities that Sieradzki waved to his family members in the boat after he hit the water.
But when he didn’t swim to the boat, crew members of Fun N Sun’s Parasailing crew on the 28-foot Almost Heaven had to pull him in.
He was described as unconscious and unresponsive and never regained consciousness despite 20 to 30 minutes of CPR.
Sieradzki was a tall and big man, but his size didn’t have much to do with his death, Vega said.
Vega’s office is talking to eyewitnesses to see if something about the incident could help Vega make a 100 percent accurate determination.
“The circumstances around the event need to be as well understood as possible,” Vega said. Vega said his office is communicating with the family in South Carolina today as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Vega said he hopes he will be able release his conclusion in the next few days, but it might take longer.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if it takes more than a couple of days to get this straightened out,” he said.
“We haven’t completely ruled out anything,” Vega saod. “Although there appear to be no criminal implications.”
Trauma from a marine animal like a shark likely will be ruled ou,t as well as Sieradzki hitting a part of the boat like a propeller, Vega said.