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Connecticut man drowns while swimming off Sexton Plaza

Staff Report

VERO BEACH — A Connecticut man died while swimming near the Breconshire wreck off Sexton Plaza in Vero Beach Monday, authorities said.

The man, identified as Sergio Cipriano, 45, of Danberry, Conn., went into the Atlantic Ocean shortly before 4 p.m., according to what his friends told the Vero Beach Police Department. Shortly thereafter, his friends saw him swimming near the wreck’s buoy 450 feet from shore and then noticed he was floating motionless in the water. One of the man’s friends swam out to him while others called for help. His friend brought him back to shore where a witness performed CPR.

Cipriano was taken to Indian River Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after 4:30 p.m.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

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