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Cape Coral man dies in waters off Fort Myers Beach

By NATHAN MAYBERG - | May 28, 2024

A Cape Coral man died on the waters off Fort Myers Beach Monday morning after what the Lee County Sheriff’s Office believes to have been a possible drowning caused by a medical event.

Described by officials as a man who appeared to be in his 60s, bystanders pulled the man out of the Gulf of Mexico around 11:45 a.m. on Memorial Day and provided CPR initially. Lee County Sheriff’s Office personnel then responded and also provided CPR along with the assistance of Lee County EMS and Fort Myers Beach firefighters near Beach Access 33 and Alva Drive.

“The male was pronounced deceased at the hospital,” Lee County Sheriff’s Office Public Affairs Secretary Kate Walter said. “It’s not suspicious (and) it appears to be a medical event.”

The man’s name was being withheld pending a completion of an investigation by the Lee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Fort Myers Beach Fire Chief Scott Wirth said that bystanders initially pulled the man out of the water “and found him in cardiac arrest.”

Wirth said the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrived first and began CPR before fire department crews and Lee County EMS continued CPR and advanced life support efforts.

“Two of our firefighters rode with EMS to the hospital. Crews were able to revive the patient before he arrived at the hospital. Care was transferred to the emergency department,” Wirth said.