St. Petersburg Times Online: Business
 Devil Rays Forums

printer version

Briefs: Man injured riding his new personal watercraft

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 2, 2000


SEMINOLE -- A Safety Harbor man was injured on his newly purchased personal watercraft Saturday evening after taking off from Bay Pines boat ramp and hitting a channel marker, authorities said.

Chris Palmieri, 23, of 42 Harbor Lake Circle, was admitted to Bayfront Medical Center with internal injuries and possibly a broken pelvis, sheriff's deputies said. Palmieri bought a 1999 Kawasaki personal watercraft on Saturday and had owned it for only a few hours before the accident.

"He wanted to go take it for a spin just before he went to work," said Pinellas sheriff's Sgt. Greg Tita.

Palmieri went to the boat ramp with friends. He accelerated away from the dock, heading south at high speed, and crashed into a channel marker about a hundred yards away, Tita said.

Friends rescued Palmieri and took him to Bayfront. Deputies were investigating the crash.

Neighbor's visitor revives 5-year-old

ST. PETERSBURG -- A 5-year-old boy found in his grandparents' swimming pool, pale and without a pulse, was revived by a man visiting a neighbor, officials said Saturday.

The boy's mother warned the child to stay away from the pool as they went inside the home to change clothes, said St. Petersburg Fire Lt. Chris Bengivengo. But the boy, Patrick Haugh, fell into the water and screamed for help, said Bengivengo.

"He was not breathing when I pulled him out," said the boy's mother, Tammy Randall of Decatur, Ga., who was in town visiting her parents.

Kevin Cronin heard the screams and ran to the house at 8462 15th Way N.

Cronin of Valdosta, Ga., revived the child with CPR, said Bengivengo.

Patrick was taken to All Children's Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Saturday, a nursing supervisor said.

"He seems okay," his mother said. "I'm just glad (Cronin) was here and he knows CPR."

Drownings are the leading cause of death of children ages 1 to 4 in Florida.

Starting Oct. 1, new residential swimming pools in Florida must be sold with safety devices to guard against child drownings.

Back to St. Petersburg area news

Back to Top
© St. Petersburg Times. All rights reserved.
 

  • Subsidy props up an aging venue
  • Fast friends
  • Towering designs for center lauded
  • Thanks from the heart
  • United Way bails out cracked day care
  • Housing panel's fairness at issue
  • Return of the curfew
  • Keep the 28th Street Drive-in open
  • Accused and humiliated over $7
  • Decorated vet's last wish: Vietnam
  • Businesses are offered drug-free solutions
  • Learning center expands to Pinellas
  • Commissioners, merchants brainstorm city's makeover
  • Meetings to be cast on cable in late fall
  • Briefs: Man injured riding his new personal watercraft
  • Unpopular firefighter criticizes colleagues
  • Stretch, bend, flex for a healthy, active life
  • Stovalls' Landing plan still a hot topic
  • Journey takes toll on appetite for a delicacy
  • Ulmerton's Miracle Mile leaves motorists muttering
  • More cheap or free things to do indoors this summer
  • Marine program for kids nets gift
  • Rocket Man is ready to raise the boom on 4th
  • 12-year-old carrying his weight in youth scratch league
  • hearme.com