July 8, 1999 |
A naked man found dead on the back of a killer whale in a tank at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida was a drifter who apparently drowned after going for a swim, police said. The dead man was identified as Daniel Dukes, 27, who had listed his address as a Hare Krishna Temple in Miami. An autopsy was expected to show he drowned. "There was no foul play or anything sinister on his part," an Orange County sheriff's spokesman said.
July 7, 1999 |
A naked man was found dead Tuesday morning on the back of a killer whale in a tank at SeaWorld Orlando, apparently after remaining in the Florida theme park after closing time, police said. "The man was found nude on the whale's back," said Jim Solomons, spokesman for the Orange County sheriff's office. "There was no obvious trauma--he wasn't bitten or chewed up or anything." Investigators said an autopsy would determine the cause of death, and drowning was considered a strong possibility.
June 28, 1997 |
A man who was angry with the mother of his three children drove her truck into an alligator-infested Everglades canal Friday, drowning two of their young sons, police said. The man, Kirk Billie, 28, was taken into custody and police said he faces murder and other charges. Police Det. Rudy Espinosa said Billie burst into tears every time he was asked about the children.
February 9, 1994 |
The bodies of four Haitians, including two children, washed up on the beach early Tuesday after smugglers apparently dropped off some 60 refugees along the central Florida coast. A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman said that a man, woman and two children--about 5 and 7 years old--apparently drowned in the morning darkness after they were let off the boat yards from shore. "It's a tragedy, but we've come to expect this," said Herbert Jefferson, Border Patrol assistant chief.
October 19, 1991 |
Seven people panicked and drowned as they tried to claw their way out of a station wagon that flipped into an irrigation canal early Friday, officials said. The car landed upside-down in eight feet of dark, murky water after their unlicensed driver swerved to avoid an oncoming bus, said Highway Patrol Lt. Jim Howell.
January 25, 1990 |
A farm labor van plunged off a curve on a Florida road and into a rural canal in heavy fog Wednesday, trapping and drowning 10 migrant workers from Mexico, authorities said. "Some of them had stuck their arms out trying to get out, but they just didn't make it," Sheriff's Lt. Bill Chamness said. The driver and one passenger escaped through windows with minor injuries as the van sank in 12 feet of murky water near Clewiston, he said. in rural Hendry County, he said.