Update 1: The victim has been identified as Travis Clarke (DOB 01/01/1993).
On Sunday June 22, 2014, at 4:45 p.m., the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a call of a missing swimmer in the Caloosahatchee River in the area of Centennial Park. According to witnesses, the missing swimmer jumped off the pier near the park and failed to resurface. A friend with the missing man called police for assistance.
Marine resources from the Fort Myers Police Department, Fort Myers Fire Department, Lee County Sheriffs Office, Cape Coral Police Department, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, United States Coast Guard, Iona McGregor Fire Department and Lee County EMS responded to the area to help search for the missing swimmer.
After two hours of searching for the missing man, divers entered the water and discovered the victim’s body at the bottom of the river. Police have identified the deceased male and are working to notify next of kin. Police are working the incident as an accidental death and there is no foul play involved.
“This is a very unfortunate accident and our thoughts go out the young mans family. We urge everyone to use the utmost caution when swimming in unfamiliar waters and remind our citizens that piers, bridges and other structures are not intended for diving, said Fort Myers Police spokesman Lieutenant Jay Rodriguez.
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