Man’s body found after falling off boat in Caloosahatchee

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Lee County Sheriff’s Office confirms Friday it recovered the body of a man who fell off a boat into the Caloosahatchee River near the Midpoint Bridge recently.

According to LCSO, 37-year-old Joel Henderson of Naples was found days after he went missing in the water. He had been on a dinner cruise with other people.

First responders with LCSO, U.S. Coast Guard, Fort Myers Police Department and Florida Fish and Wildlife all initially responded to the incident around 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 and searched for almost 12 hours before calling off the night’s search and then continuing the following day.

The original search saw marine units and helicopter units search the water between east of Cape Coral Bridge and west of US-41.

LCSO says Henderson’s body was eventually found days after his disappearance about 4 miles from where he originally fell off the boat.

There are no further details at this time.

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