May 23, 2011

Man dies in the water offshore of Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key – A man’s body was pulled from the water just offshore of the Koehn Avenue Boat Ramp Sunday afternoon. No foul play is suspected in the death.

Witnesses told Deputy Kim Trullender 55 year old Terry Kettig of Big Pine Key walked into the water near the boat ramp shortly after 1 p.m. to go swimming. A short time later, his body was spotted floating.  

Both the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and members of Big Pine Fire-Rescue responded to assist with recovering the body. There were no obvious signs of foul play on the body, which was turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The victim’s belongings, including  a chair, a blue T-shirt, a wallet, cell phone and a cooler with three Natural Ice beers inside were found at the boat ramp.

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