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Deputies identify three drowning victims at Franklin Lock Park

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Posted at 12:18 PM, May 20, 2024

UPDATE (4:55 p.m.)
Deputies have identified the third drowning victim as 21-year-old Pedro Miguel Pascual.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Lee County Sheriff's Office has identified two of the three victims who drowned at Franklin Lock Park on Saturday afternoon.

Deputies say 17-year-old Santos Tiul-Chen went into the water. Investigators say he couldn't swim and started to struggle. That's when a second person went in to help, but also started to struggle.

According to a police report, 22-year-old Victor Lxcoy-Perez said one of his friends stated they were going to let go of the rope they were tethered to. He couldn't remember which one said they were going to do this, the report said.

Once his friend let go, the friend sank.

That's when deputies say 19-year-old Victor Pedro-Gaspar went into the water to help them.

Perez said he could not recall when all of them went underwater, only that he could not find them.

A fourth person went into the water to help. They were able to get back to shore, but was transported to the hospital.

The water is about 10-feet deep in that specific area. The report says divers with Iona Fire and Fort Myers Shores found the three of them unresponsive. Life-saving measures were performed. However, all three did not survive.

The Medical Examiner's Office is still working to identify the third drowning victim.