MARCO ISLAND — Update:
A Connecticut man who was found at the bottom of a Marco Island lake died shortly after he was taken to the hospital late Monday afternoon, police said Tuesday.
Dean A. Pfeil, 61, went into a lake at Frank E. Mackle Community Park to retrieve part of a remote-controlled boat when he began to struggle, according to witnesses. Two friends jumped in to rescue Pfeil but were unable to do so, according to Capt. Dave Baer, assistant police chief.
Firefighters and police found Pfeil in the lake around 5:15 p.m. – about 35 minutes later – and took him to Physician’s Regional Hospital on Collier Boulevard, where he was pronounced dead.
Baer said Pfeil, a former Marco resident, had been visiting friends in the city.
A 61-year-old Connecticut man was rushed to a local hospital Monday afternoon after being underwater for nearly 30 minutes in a Marco Island lake.
The man’s friends told police they were playing with a remote-controlled boat in a lake at Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, when the boat malfunctioned. The man went into the lake to try to get the boat, but began struggling and calling for help, said Capt. Dave Baer, Marco Island assistant police chief.
Two of the man’s friends jumped in to help him, but also had trouble and ended up having to rescue one another, Baer said. Police and firefighters were dispatched to the lake around 4:40 p.m.
Divers with police and fire searched the area and found the man around 5:15 p.m., Baer said. He was taken to Physician’s Regional — Collier, but authorities said they could not release details of his condition, citing medical privacy laws.
Baer said he was withholding the man’s name until his next of kin was notified.