August 14, 2013

Missing man’s body recovered

The body of a man missing since Monday evening was recovered today by searchers with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The body of 39 year old Brian Kowalski of Trinity, Florida was reportedly found by an FWC aircraft on the west side of Johnson Key. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death, but Major Crimes Detective Manny Cuervo said it appears the cause appears to be from accidental or natural causes.

Kowalski was on the boat trip with several other adults and children when the incident took place about 4 p.m. Monday off the gulf side of West Summerland Key. The boat was towing one of the children behind it. Several others were also in the water. The child reportedly began to show distress, so Kowalski jumped in the water to help him.

As he was helping the child, Kowalski also began to show signs of distress.  People on board the boat attempted to turn the boat around so they could help, but the rope had become wrapped around the propeller. As they struggled to remove the rope from the prop, they lost sight of Kowalski. The child he was trying to rescue was recovered and is fine.

They called 911 for assistance. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard responded and searched for the missing man. The Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and Marine Units also assisted in the search.

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