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Windermere Observer Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 3 months ago

Man disappears underwater in Windermere lake

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Rescue crews were dispatched in an effort to search for the man.
by: Gabby Baquero News Editor

A 37-year-old man who went for a swim in Lake Down is reported to have gone missing, Orange County deputies said in a press release.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, The man, who is described as an experienced swimmer, went for a swim accompanied by other people around 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 5.

The man, who was not identified by deputies, jumped out of a boat to swim in about 18 feet of water in Lake Down, and while the other swimmers returned to the boat, the man did not, deputies said. The man shouted for help before he disappeared underwater.

Someone called 911 following the incident to report a possible drowning. Responding marine patrol and dive units continue to search the 900-acre lake for the man. 

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

Gabby is the news editor for the West Orange Times and Windermere Observer newspapers. Have a story tip? Contact her at (352) 448-5856 or at [email protected]....

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