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.