Body of missing boater found in Windermere lake identified

Orange County deputies ID victim as Johnny Salomon

WINDERMERE, Fla. – The body of a missing boater was found Tuesday morning in a Windermere lake, two days after the 37-year-old man jumped into the water and never resurfaced, officials said.

Orange County sheriff's deputies said the body of Johnny Salomon was found after crews launched a search Sunday afternoon near 1 Down Drive when he vanished in Lake Down.

"His body was located in the middle of the lake at approximately 7:20 a.m.," sheriff's officials said.

Deputies said Salomon  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 Salomon  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 no foul play is suspected.

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