Man, 34, drowns off St. Pete Beach

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Pinellas authorities are investigating after a 34-year-old man drowned at St. Pete Beach.

Deputies said Bret Rule of Port Charlotte was found unconscious in the water behind the Plaza Beach Motel at 4506 Gulf Blvd. around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rule was seen on the beach alone shortly before his death. Witnesses said he appeared to be intoxicated and was acting incoherently.

Investigators believe he entered the water between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

A passerby found him unconscious and pulled him ashore. Paramedics came to the scene and attempted life-saving measures before Rule was taken to Palms of Pasadena Hospital and pronounced dead.

Deputies believe alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in his death.

An investigation into the drowning is ongoing.

No further details are available at this time.

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