NR 14-71 Accidental Near Drowning in Merritt Island

September 9, 2014 - 3:51 pm Author: Category:

On September 9, 2014, at approximately 11:00 A.M., the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office responded to Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island in reference to an accidental near drowning.

The investigation to date has determined that two men were fishing this morning when a 52- year-old male from Cocoa decided to swim from the boat in the area of the SR 520 bridge and Sykes Creek waterway. Upon jumping into the water, he became distressed and when the other occupant of the boat noticed, he pulled him to safety. CPR was administered by Fire Rescue personnel who then transported the victim to the hospital.

The incident is being investigated and appears to be accidental in nature. The victim is currently listed in critical condition.

Anyone with information is asked to please call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-633- 7162 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential; callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.

If you have any question regarding this incident, please contact Corporal Dave Jacobs at 321-636-4665, or by email at