Venice man drowns off Nokomis Beach

10:30 AM, Aug 6, 2012   |    comments
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Nokomis, Florida -- The report about the distressed swimmer came in about 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

When deputies, paramedics and lifeguards reached the waters off of North Jetty Park in Nokomis, the man--identified Monday as 59-year-old Venice resident Thomas Blend--was no longer visible in the water.

When searchers did locate Blend, it was too late. 

No foul play is suspected in his death and his case has been referred to the medical examiner's office.

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