Domenic G. Giunta died after helping to save a boy from drowning, Dunedin, Florida, July 21, 2004. A young boy was wading atop a sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico with his three brothers and their grandmother when a strong current pulled them into deeper water. They shouted for help. Giunta, 55, retired educator, and his family were fishing just off the beach in the vicinity when they were alerted to the situation. Giunta, his daughter, and others responded, the daughter swimming out to the boy, who grasped her about the neck. Giunta reached them and took the boy from her. He supported the boy but submerged, then was relieved of him by the grandmother. The boy and the other members of his party and their rescuers all reached shore safely. Giunta was removed from the water by others, and resuscitation was attempted. He was taken to the hospital but could not be revived, as he had drowned.
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