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Body found in Lake Monroe after boat overturns, deputies say

1 man found clinging to watercraft

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man was left clinging to a watercraft and a person was found dead Tuesday after a boat overturned in Lake Monroe, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said someone contacted them at 10:04 a.m. Tuesday saying that two men had gone out on a boat Monday and hadn't returned.

The vehicle they had driven to the lake was found at the Lakeshore Boat Ramp in Deltona then the boat was found overturned with one man clinging to the side, according to a news release. That man was taken to an area hospital.

A body was found at 12:30 p.m., 2 miles west of where the boat overturned, with the man still wearing his life jacket.

"We always say wear your life jacket," Officer Chad Weber with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. "In this circumstance, we don't know what took place. Life jackets obviously save lives, but at this point we don't know what happened between yesterday evening and now." 

FWC has taken over the investigation, since it is being considered a boating accident. FWC officials said it is still not clear why the boat flipped over.  
 


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