Boater Dies After Jumping Into Lake To Save Dog

PALM HARBOR (CBSMiami/AP) — Crews found the body of a 70-year old man who died while trying to save a dog that jumped overboard.

The man jumped from a boat into a Tampa Bay-area lake  in order to save the dog on Saturday, May 24th, according to authorities.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said the dog was returned safely the same day to the pontoon boat on Lake Tarpon, but the man disappeared underwater.

The man’s body was found Sunday morning. His name has not been released.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard said  it worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to make several rescues Saturday in Jacksonville waterways. Among those needing rescue were a two men and a 10-year-old boy whose boat became stuck on top of a jetty.

The Coast Guard said several boaters were taken into custody Saturday for operating their vessels while intoxicated.

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