SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Deputies have identified the victim that drowned on Sunday at Siesta Key Public Beach as a 10-year-old girl from Lake Wales, Fla.
This incident took place around 6:30 p.m.
Deputies say that witnesses advised that several swimmers, one adult and two children, were seen struggling in the current that was approximately 100 yards offshore.
According to reports, when deputies arrived they located the three swimmers and with assistance from bystanders and EMS personnel they were all brought to shore. However, one of the children, the 10-year-old girl from Lake Wales, was unresponsive and transported to a local hospital. She later passed away and her family has been notified.
Deputies say that based on a preliminary investigation and witnesses, the girl appeared to get caught in a rip tide current that led to her drowning. There is no evidence of foul play or neglect, but an official cause of death has not been determined yet.
Deputies say the adult and the other child were treated at the scene and released.
This continues to be an ongoing investigation and anyone with any information about this incident should call the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office at 941-861-4900. An anonymous tip can also be left with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at the Sarasota Crime Stoppers website.