MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Deputies are investigating after responding to a drowning near 12000 block of Gulf Lane in Madeira Beach just before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

According to deputies, the 69-year-old woman was in the water on the beach when her husband noticed she was unresponsive. Deputies say bystanders in the area assisted in pulling her from the water, began CPR and called 9-1-1.

Crews transported the woman to a local hospital where deputies say she later died.

Deputies say the drowning appears to be accidental and it is unknown at this time if it is health related.

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