The bodies of 2 Florida men person been recovered astatine Lake Eloise aft a mishap pinch nan rented boat’s anchor while connected nan lake’s choppy waters complete nan weekend, authorities said.
Jeffrey Marrero, 34, and Orlando Ortiz, 32, were recovered 150 yards isolated adjacent nan bottommost of nan reservoir successful Winter Haven astir 2 days aft disappearing successful nan water, nan Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Monday evening.
The men had jumped into nan h2o adjacent nan Legoland taxable parkland to rescue Ortiz’s girlfriend, 38-year-old Velcky Velasquez, who had gone into nan h2o to group nan anchor.
Grady said nan group were "novices" and "passed a basal trial to rent nan boat."
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Dive teams recovered nan bodies of Jeffrey Marrero, 34, and Orlando Ortiz, 32, from Lake Eloise successful Winter Haven, Florida, connected Monday. (Polk County Sheriff's Office via AP)
"She's conscionable very inexperienced, truthful she thinks that you person to get into nan water, put nan anchor successful and past necktie it to nan boat," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Sunday.
As Velasquez was successful nan water, officials said nan vessel began to float away, and nan 2 men jumped successful to thief her.
Judd described nan reservoir conditions arsenic unsmooth pinch 20 mph winds and immoderate whitecaps. He said nan men were not beardown swimmers and wound up going underwater.
Searchers utilized sonar and an underwater drone to find nan bodies, which were recovered astir 300 to 400 yards offshore adjacent nan bottommost of nan lake. (Polk County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Using sonar instrumentality and an underwater drone, officials recovered their bodies 300 to 400 yards offshore and astir 16 feet beneath nan lake’s surface, Judd said, adding that dive teams recovered some bodies.
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While nan men are presumed to person drowned, nan aesculapian examiner will behaviour autopsies to find their nonstop causes of death.
The men had jumped into nan choppy h2o to thief Orlando Ortiz's girlfriend, who believed she had to jump into nan h2o to unafraid nan anchor, officials said. (Polk County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Ortiz and Velasquez had rented a 16-foot Tahoe skis boat to observe their one-year day pinch Marrero and his 2 daughters, ages 10 and 8, nan sheriff’s agency said. The 10-year-old woman had called 911 erstwhile nan adults were successful nan water.
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The children were some wearing life jackets, and different life jackets were recovered successful nan boat, Judd said Monday.
"The only mobility that we person is why wasn’t nan tow statement already tied to nan boat," Judd said.