Boater dead after jumping into lake after dog

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man is dead after jumping from a boat into a Tampa Bay-area lake to save a dog that had jumped overboard.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says the dog was returned safely Saturday to the pontoon boat on Lake Tarpon, but the 70-year-old man disappeared underwater.

The man's body was found Sunday morning. He was later identified as 70-year-old John Patti of Palm Harbor.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard says 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.

At this time boater's death appears accidental and not suspicious in nature.

10 News will continue to update this story.


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