Published: Aug 21, 2014 11:46 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 21, 2014 4:48 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.-  A boater is dead after falling into the water off Picnic Island in San Carlos Bay. 

The man was fishing in the bay this morning, along with a woman and their dog. A freak occurence sent the man into the water, and to his death.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said the man was casting a net from this 17-foot Sea Pro. The boat struck a channel marker, throwing the man off balance and into the water. The woman onboard and a passing boater rescued the man after a short time, but they could not revive him. 

The Coast Guard rushed the man to a Sanibel boat dock, and a waiting ambulance.  

After a while, the man was pronounced dead. Later FWC officers brought the man's boat and companion to Punta Rassa.

The woman was too distraught to talk to WINK News.