Man Fleeing from FHP Troopers Nearly Drowns on South Side of the Sunshine Skyway

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Man Fleeing from FHP Troopers Nearly Drowns on South Side of the Sunshine Skyway

FHP Troopers were alerted to an incident at the north rest area of the Skyway Bridge on August 7, 2017, at approximately 8:32 p.m.

According to Troopers, an adult male had been dropped off by an Uber driver at the south rest area just north of the Skyway Bridge.  Concerned about the situation and safety of the passenger, the Uber driver notified law enforcement of the situation.

After leaving the Uber driver, the adult male subject walked south from the rest area to the north fishing pier where FHP Troopers soon encountered the subject.  The subject fled to the water nearby as Troopers attempted to converse with him.

Despite commands from the Troopers to return, the subject continued into the water and submerged himself.  Both FHP Troopers entered the water and retrieved the subject who was then unconscious.

The Troopers provided CPR until relieved by responding EMS crews who later transported the subject to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

The subject was reportedly revived and is now listed in stable condition.

Chad Farley was the Uber driver that alerted Troopers about his suicidal passenger.  His Facebook post was shared below with permission.

Just had a very disturbing Uber experience. Picked up a guy that was in his mid 20's from his house. Hopped in and began…

Posted by Chad Farley on Monday, August 7, 2017

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