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July 7, 1999 | From Reuters
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.
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March 20, 2007 | From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The three New Jersey scuba divers who died while exploring a wreck off Key Largo drowned, according to autopsies completed Monday. Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office chief investigator Michael Bates said "saltwater drowning" was the cause of death for Jonathan Walsweer, 38, and Scott Stanley, 55, of Westfield, N.J.; and Kevin Coughlin, 51, of Chatham Borough, N.J. The three men ran out of air during a 135-foot dive inside the U.S. warship Spiegel Grove on Friday, investigators said.
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July 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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March 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A 71-year-old Illinois woman drowned on a golf course when the electric cart she was driving veered off a steep slope into a pond. Margaret Scott did not know how to swim and the cart sank quickly in the water hazard at the Landings Yacht Golf & Tennis Club in Fort Myers. Her husband, Maurice, and other golfers were unable to rescue her. Sheriff's Deputy Larry King said Maurice Scott had just hit a chip shot to the green on the seventh hole when he motioned for his wife to move the cart.
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October 19, 1991 | Associated Press
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.
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January 25, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
June 20, 1988
The U.S. Navy Rescue Swimmer School at Pensacola, Fla., which was closed after a recruit drowned in March, will reopen today with new instructors and safety guidelines, said John Fink, an aide to Rep. Toby Roth (R-Wis.). The investigation into the drowning of Lee Mirecki of Appleton, Wis., showed that Mirecki had been held underwater in the school's training pool.
NEWS
February 9, 1994 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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June 28, 1997 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A 71-year-old Illinois woman drowned on a golf course when the electric cart she was driving veered off a steep slope into a pond. Margaret Scott did not know how to swim and the cart sank quickly in the water hazard at the Landings Yacht Golf & Tennis Club in Fort Myers. Her husband, Maurice, and other golfers were unable to rescue her. Sheriff's Deputy Larry King said Maurice Scott had just hit a chip shot to the green on the seventh hole when he motioned for his wife to move the cart.
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December 5, 1999 | From Reuters
Seven men and women who drowned at sea fleeing Communist Cuba were buried Saturday in a politically charged funeral after a somber procession through the streets of a mourning Little Havana, Miami's Cuban exile stronghold. Exiles bitterly denounced Cuban President Fidel Castro as a tyrant whose government forced people to risk and sometimes lose their lives as they sought freedom through perilous crossings of the Florida Straits to the United States.
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July 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
July 7, 1999 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
June 28, 1997 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
February 9, 1994 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
NEWS
October 19, 1991 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
December 5, 1999 | From Reuters
Seven men and women who drowned at sea fleeing Communist Cuba were buried Saturday in a politically charged funeral after a somber procession through the streets of a mourning Little Havana, Miami's Cuban exile stronghold. Exiles bitterly denounced Cuban President Fidel Castro as a tyrant whose government forced people to risk and sometimes lose their lives as they sought freedom through perilous crossings of the Florida Straits to the United States.
NEWS
July 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
High wind created treacherous currents in which three tourists drowned off unguarded southern Florida beaches. Miami Beach lifeguards also made at least 15 successful rescues Sunday, officials said.
NEWS
January 25, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
July 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
High wind created treacherous currents in which three tourists drowned off unguarded southern Florida beaches. Miami Beach lifeguards also made at least 15 successful rescues Sunday, officials said.
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