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Man drowns after canoe overturns in Duck Lake, police say

Death appears accidental, investigation ongoing

ORANGE CITY, Fla. – A 62-year-old man drowned Thursday night after failing out of a canoe on an Orange City lake, according to police.

According to a news release from the Orange City Police Department, Ricki Long, of Orange City, was in a canoe with a friend when the vessel overturned and both people fell in the water.

Police said the victim had a stoma from a previous tracheotomy and was unable to stay afloat. Long's friend pulled him to shore and police attempted CPR, but the victim died.

Orange City police detectives are working with the medical examiner's office on the drowning.

The current investigation indicates this was accidental but the investigation is ongoing.