Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
- Patrol Operations Bureau
Bret Alexander Rule (Deceased)
Address: 162 Morgan Lane South East, Port Charlotte
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating the drowning of a 34-year-old man who went into the Gulf of Mexico and was found unconscious a short time later.
Deputies received the call at about 6:31 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
The drowning victim was found at 4506 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach behind the Plaza Beach Motel.
Deputies assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau are investigating the drowning of a 34-year-old man who went into the Gulf of Mexico and was found unconscious a short time later.
According to deputies, Bret Rule was seen on the beach alone. Witnesses say Rule was acting incoherent and appeared to be intoxicated. Deputies say between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm Rule entered the water and did not return.
A passerby found Rule unconscious and pulled him ashore behind the Plaza Beach Motel at 4506 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach Fire Department paramedics arrived on scene and life-saving measures were attempted.
Rule was transported to Palms of Pasadena Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Deputies say that alcohol and/or drugs appear to be factors in Rule’s death.
Next of kin has been notified.
The investigation continues.
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