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HCSO Marine Deputies:
Deputy John Hall
23 year veteran
Deputy Thomas Keller
22 year veteran
On July 19, 2012, at approximately 7:22 p.m., deputies responded to Little Harbor Resort located at 611 Destiny Drive for a woman who had entered the channel. The woman identified as Karen Fletcher, who appeared extremely intoxicated, had caused a disturbance in Little Harbor Resort and was asked to leave the premises. She stated she was going to kill herself by jumping into the bay.
A boat with Florida Fish & Wildlife arrived and attempted to talk the woman and get her onto the boat. An officer attempted to give her a life vest but she refused.
HCSO Marine Unit arrived and threw her a rope and she refused that and threw it out of the way. Numerous attempts were made to get her safely onto a boat but each time she refused and would give the deputies hand gestures. Two Marine Unit deputies jumped into the water and subdued her without injury and took her to shore.
She was transported to Brandon Hospital.