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Police suspect alcohol a factor in Sarasota Bay drowning

SARASOTA — The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a drowning in Sarasota Bay after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Sspokeswoman Genevieve Judge reported two men were drinking alcohol a majority of the day at the Sarasota Bayfront at Centennial Park near 10th Street and Tamiami Trail in Sarasota and went for a swim for nearly an hour when one man noticed the other was unresponsive. Someone living in a condo nearby noticed the commotion and called 911.

Police rescue efforts were unsuccessful. The drowning victim's name is being withheld until his family is notified, Judge said.

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