Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-386

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 16, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Fatal Boating Accident

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office divers and marine deputies recover the body of the missing boater.
    • Tuesday
    • November 15, 2011
    • Time: 10:30 AM
    • Lake Wimauma


    Gerald I. Simmons
    DOB: 3/22/1936
    914 Lakeview Drive
    Wimauma, FL


    On November 15, 2011 at approximately 10:30 a.m., deputies responded to Lake Wimauma, in the area of West Lake Drive and 674 Highway to a partially overturned boat. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office divers and marine deputies began searching for the missing boater.

    At approximately 2:14 p.m., HCSO personnel recovered the body of the missing boater who apparently fell overboard earlier in the morning. The victim has been identified as Gerald I. Simmons.

    He was boating on Lake Wimauma when the vessel capsized. Simmons was not wearing a life jacket. The accident is currently under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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