Crews say man safely exited water off Sunshine Skyway Bridge

UPDATE: Manatee County Fire Rescue told News Channel 8 the man was able to get out of the water before first responders arrived.

PREVIOUS STORY: (WFLA) – Crews are searching the water off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for a 60-year-old man.

Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard and Eckerd College Search & Rescue on scene.

It’s unclear how the man ended up in the water. This is near the South Sunshine Skyway fishing pier.

The Florida Highway Patrol says there are no lane closures at this time related to the search. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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