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Search continues for missing boater in Windermere

Man didn't resurface after jumping into water

WINDERMERE, Fla. – Crews on Monday continue to search for a man who went missing while boating in a Windermere lake.

Several crews are searching near 1 Down Drive in Windermere after the 37-year-old man jumped into the water and didn’t surface, Orange County sheriffs' deputies said.

Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies, chase, marine units, the Orange County Fire Department and Windermere authorities were called to the area at 5 p.m. Sunday when the man disappeared.

Deputies said the man, whose name has not been released, was enjoying the day on a boat with his friends when he jumped in.

"This man waved like he was in distress and went under," Orange County sheriff's Lt. Ken Taylor said.

Deputies said the man was an experienced swimmer, and his friends tried to save him.

"The people on the boat waved some jet skis over and tried to throw some life preservers at him," Taylor said.

Deputies said the search mission has turned from rescue to recovery.

No other details have been released.

Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.


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