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Man Drifts One Mile Out to Sea on Pool Float

Associated Press

June 24, 2010

BELLEAIR BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A man who apparently passed out on a pool float at a Tampa area beach ended up drifting about a mile from Florida’s shore in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the man, identified as Jerry Whipple, on Wednesday afternoon.

Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Mariana O’Leary says they suspect the man was very drunk.

The Coast Guard says a boater reported seeing an unconscious man floating well offshore. The Coast Guard and a Clearwater Fire Rescue unit responded and found the man, still unconscious and wearing a life jacket.

He eventually woke up and was checked by paramedics at a Coast Guard station.

O’Leary said the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the incident.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Wow, Thank God he alright...

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    Cat_D

    almost 4 years ago

    9610 Comments

    What a Maroon !!!!

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 4 years ago

    10502 Comments

    "Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it’s compounding a felony."

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    propbraker

    almost 4 years ago

    894 Comments

    He should be glad he didn't drown. Next time don't drink as much or not at all!

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    Dewrah

    almost 4 years ago

    270 Comments

    We get them all in Florida.

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    cj4me

    almost 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    He was drunk, unconscious, and wearing a life jacket? He better be glad he wasn't off the coast of Australia. He probably thinks he had a weird dream.

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    skascooter007

    almost 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    Ditto

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    46236 Comments

    Drunk and stupid is no way to float through life Mr. Whipple

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    95Zcar

    almost 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    It's all been said...

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    Haileo20

    almost 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    hahahaha

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    FireDad

    almost 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    I agree.. Job Security..

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    TheSarge

    almost 4 years ago

    1452 Comments

    Gombino said: "I think he was already "oiled"

    Now that was pretty phunny.

    But I could see that happening.

    Did the Coast Guard hold him gently by the neck and rinse off all the crude oil?

    Or just hose him off with a little Aloe Vera to put out the flames of that sunburn he musta had...?

    The only thing missing from this article is discovering the name of the drunk-on-the-float was Tom Hanks.

    We gotta get Retleo to locate an appropriate graphic and find a way to embed it this article.

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    Retleo

    almost 4 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Idiot..........

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    BCPS

    almost 4 years ago

    158 Comments

    People like that = Job security

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    s3sk

    almost 4 years ago

    3308 Comments

    Pool floats are for the POOL. I dont get people who float out to sea and dont pay attention it is so dangerous.

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