Tampa Man Drowns Near Gandy Bridge

St. Petersburg, Fla. (970 WFLA)- A 28 year old Tampa man  drowned last night trying to swim back to shore with his girlfriend near the Gandy Bridge in un-incorporated St. Petersburg.

The Pinellas Sheriffs Office says Cruz Sales-Lopez and 33 year Erika Ambrosio of Tampa  were in the water,  on the northwest side of the bridge when Sales-Lopez began having difficulty. 

Ambrosio told deputies, Sales-Lopez  shouted for help before disappearing  underwater.  She tried, but couldn't' find him, and  swam back to shore and called 911.  

 After a 40 minute search, medics from Tampa Fire Rescue found Sales-Lopez unresponsive.  He was taken to Tampa General where he later died.

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