|Published:||Jun 27, 2012 11:58 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 27, 2012 11:58 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating a boating accident in which one man died today on Lake Dorr in Altoona. The victim is 34-year-old Jonathan Alexander Burke, of Cape Coral.
The accident was reported at 2:27 Tuesday afternoon and the FWC, Marion County Sheriff's Office and Lake County Sheriff's Office responded. Apparently Burke, his girlfriend and five children (two girls, three boys) were on the lake in two canoes. The three females were in one canoe and the four males were in the other. The lake waters got very rough and Burke returned to shore and dropped off the boys. He then went back on the lake to get the girls and their canoe when his 15-foot canoe flipped over and they lost sight of him. The females were picked up by a Good Samaritan vessel and taken safely to shore.
Marion County Sheriff's Office helicopter, as well as boats from the FWC and the Lake County Sheriff's Office searched for Burke. His body was found floating by a Lake County SO marine unit at 4:32 p.m. in the middle of the lake approximately a few hundred yards from where he was last seen.
The FWC is investigating this boating accident. An autopsy will be performed by the Lake County Medical Examiner's Office to determine cause of death. FWC investigators said weather played a role in this accident. Foul play is not suspected at this time.
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