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Man dies after being found in the water at Bradenton Beach

A 52-year-old man died after he was found unconscious in Anna Maria Sound near the Bridge Street Pier, according to reports.

The man, identified as Brandon Nieuwkoop, was transported to Blake Medical Center Saturday afternoon after being discovered unconscious in the water near Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach, authorities said.

Bradenton Beach Police told the Anna Maria Island Sun that Nieuwkoop was transported to Blake Medical Center, where he later died. According to the Manatee County Emergency Communications Center, Nieuwkoop was discovered by a person who lives on a sailboat.

According to the AMI Sun, Nieuwkoop was also a liveaboard boater.

The person reportedly attempted to pull Nieuwkoop onto a boat and bring him to shore, but the vessel capsized. Manatee County EMS and West Manatee Fire Rescue responded to the scene around 11:45 a.m.

Nieuwkoop was transported to Blake suffering from cardiac arrest, according to a report from the ECC.

Bradenton Beach Police are investigating.

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