Pittsburgh woman apparently drowns while snorkeling near Point of Rocks on Siesta Key

Sheriff’s Office says medical examiner will determine the cause of death

Point of Rocks is at the southern end of Crescent Beach on Siesta Key. Image from Google Maps

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was continuing to investigate an apparent drowning that occurred about 2 p.m. on May 10 near Point of Rocks on Siesta Key, the office announced on May 11.

Beach-goers found Aimee Sue Hoover, 44, of Pittsburgh floating face down in the water on the south side of Point of Rocks Beach, a Sheriff’s Office report said. Lifeguards with Sarasota County Emergency Services were the first to arrive on the scene, the report added, but their lifesaving attempts proved unsuccessful.

The preliminary investigation indicates Hoover was snorkeling with her husband in the Point of Rocks area when the incident occurred, the report noted. The couple was on vacation, the report added.

While the preliminary investigation indicates Hoover drowned, “as always, an official cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office,” a news release said.

Point of Rocks is a popular snorkeling spot on Siesta Key because of the generally excellent visibility of the Gulf of Mexico in that area and underwater sights that snorkelers can enjoy.

No further updates were expected on May 11, the release added. The full Sheriff’s Office report of the incident was not available prior to The Sarasota News Leader’s publication deadline.