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24-year-old man dies in Caloosahatchee accident

Posted at 11:56 PM, May 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-09 05:34:15-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirms a 24-year-old died in an accident on the Caloosahatchee River.

FWC says this happened around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday when they got a call for a single vessel boating accident on the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, adding the paddle craft was being operated by a 24-year-old male from Indiana when he fell into the water.

When first responders arrived, the man was recovered from the water but found deceased. FWC says the man was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the accident.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission along with Lee County Sheriff's Office and Iona-McGregor Fire Department all responded to the scene on Sunday.

FWC said in a statement, "All of the members of the FWC want to express their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased."

The FWC would like to take this opportunity to remind all boaters enjoying Florida’s waterways to do so safely. Please wear your life jacket and maintain a 360-degree awareness at all times while boating.

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