Deltona man, 72, drowns trying to drain his pool during Hurricane Ian

Volusia County deputies say man was found in canal behind home

Volusia County Sheriff's Office (WKMG 2021)

DELTONA Fla. – A 72-year-old Deltona man died while attempting to drain his pool during Hurricane Ian-related storms, deputies said.

According to a news release from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the man’s home on Poinciana Lane at 1 a.m. when his wife reported that he had disappeared after going outside.

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During the search, deputies found the man unresponsive in a canal behind the home, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies and paramedics performed CPR on the man before he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said they believe the man was using a hose to drain his pool down a hill and into a 30-foot-wide canal, when he slipped down the hill, falling into the water and drowning.

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Penny De La Cruz started working at WKMG-TV in September 2021. Before joining News 6, Penny worked at KSAT 12 in San Antonio, Texas.