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Search units locate body of missing man in the water off Upper Captiva

Posted at 10:02 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 07:21:20-04

UPDATE (10pm): The Lee County Sheriffs office announced they have located the body of the missing father. We will continue to bring you updates on this sad story.

(Original story below)

CAPTIVA ISLAND, Fla. -- The Lee County Sheriffs Office received a call about a missing adult male swimmer Tuesday evening.

A family was walking along a sandbar on Upper Captiva around 5:38 pm when the mother looked back and noticed her husband and 8-year child were struggling in the water.

The mother jumped into the water and was able to take the child from the father. The father continued to struggle and disappeared into the water.

A multi-agency search began immediately to locate the missing man. The waters were rough and made it difficult to locate the man.

As of 9:15 pm they were still unable to locate the man.

The investigation is still ongoing. We will continue to update you on this story as we receive more information.