Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating the death of 55 Year-Old Thomas Howell, who was operating a Para-sail boat when he suffered an apparent medical episode. Thomas fell overboard and was not wearing a life preserver. Another employee reeled in the patron that was para-sailing and then began circulating for Thomas. Jet skis in the area helped in locating Howell in the water.
Howell was reported to be in the water for 5-10 minutes before he was located and removed. CPR was initiated and Thomas was brought to shore behind the Trade Winds Island Grand Resort. St. Petersburg Beach Fire Department began attempting advanced life saving measures.
Howell was transported to Palms of Pasadena Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Deputies say that alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be factors in Howell's death.