North Fla. teen drowns in Lake Weir

Teen fell into water while trying to push pontoon boat

OCKLAWAHA, Fla. - A north Florida teenager drowned while helping his cousins push a pontoon boat into Lake Weir.

Officials say 19-year-old Toddrick E. Erving suddenly dropped into the water at Gator Joe's restaurant in Ocklawaha near Ocala on Wednesday afternoon.

His 29-year-old cousins, Lendale Rowe and Samuel Gordon, tried to pull him from the water but couldn't find his body.

Emergency crews were called at 4:42 p.m, and divers eventually found Erving's body around 7 p.m.

The incident took place near a drop off of the lake bottom where a 12-year-old boy drowned during spring break.

Marion County Sheriff's Office divers told the Ocala Star-Banner that the body was found in water that was 8 to 10 feet, at the edge of a deep, dark hole.

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