Victim identified from Siesta Key Beach drowning; witness gives his account

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says the man who died after being pulled from the Gulf last Friday was 59-year old Robert Kannady of Missouri. 

The incident happened near Whispering Sands Road on the northern end of the key.

A man who pulled Kannady from the water says, despite a rip current, it initially didn't appear the man was in distress.

"We were watching him and he suddenly flipped over on his back, face down in the water. and at that point I ran out and attempted to start pulling him in while my friend grabbed a noodle from a family nearby.  We brought him to shore and a couple nearby people were CPR certified," said Nick Rigas, 21, who ran from the shore with his friend Zach Brown.

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