- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man was found dead off a Tampa Bay area beach following a possible canoeing accident.

Gulfport police report that officers responded to an area near William’s Pier Friday morning after receiving reports of an overturned canoe. The body of the 35-year-old man was recovered from a waterway shortly before noon. Police weren’t immediately releasing his name.

Investigators say the man appears to have died from an accidental drowning. They say alcohol was likely involved.

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