By Ashley Cox

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – On January 29, 2022, at approximately 2:32 p.m., deputies were dispatched for a report of a body floating in the water on the Northside of the Gandy Bridge.

Deputies from the Marine Unit were able to recover a deceased adult male from the water and transported the body to the Gandy boat ramp. The adult male was identified as 60-year-old Daniel Lukens.

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During the investigation, deputies learned Lukens launched his paddleboard from Gandy Beach around 12:45 p.m. and was attempting to cross Tampa Bay, heading toward Picnic Island.

According to deputies, Lukens’ paddleboard and tether were not found, but he was wearing a life vest. It is unknown how long Lukens was in the water before he was recovered.

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The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Next of kin has been notified.

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The investigation continues.