ASTOR, Fla. — Florida wildlife officers have identified the boater whose body was found in the St. Johns River several hours after a canoe capsized Sunday.
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Sergio Francisco Gomez, 58, of Kissimmee died Sunday, according to a boating incident report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
A woman, 51-year-old Martha Barragan of Mexico, was also aboard the vessel, but a good Samaritan in a nearby boat was able to bring her safely to shore.
Officers say that the two were in a 15-foot fiberglass canoe when it capsized at about 2:30 p.m. The man went underwater and didn't resurface.
Wildlife officers and deputies from the Volusia County and Lake County sheriff's offices spent hours searching for the man near the State Road 40 bridge. His body was recovered at about 8:20 p.m.
Neither were wearing personal floatation devices, FWC said.
Lake Sheriff's Office Sgt. Fred Jones said he thinks the boat launched from the Lake County side of the river. Jones heard the man and woman headed north toward the Jungle Den Villas, a waterfront community on the Volusia side of the river.
That's when they ran into trouble, Jones said.
"It's still unclear how the vessel capsized," FWC spokesman Chad Weber said.
The incident comes just days after another boater on the St. Johns River was killed in a Christmas Day crash.