A 67-year-old Florida man using a motorized wheelchair accidentally fell into the pool at his home and apparently drowned Sunday afternoon.
Deputies and detectives were called to the scene Sunday just after 5:30 p.m. when the man’s wife returned home from work and found her husband fully clothed, floating face down in the pool at their home in the 3000 block of Lori Court in Deltona.
Deputies say the man had limited mobility on his right side due to having suffered recent strokes.
His wife jumped into the pool, pulled her husband to the pool’s entry, and then exited the pool and called law enforcement.
The man’s wife told detectives she noticed the wheelchair was leaning over the pool’s edge with its right-side tires hanging over, indicating that the victim fell out of his chair and into the pool.
The wheelchair appeared to be stuck, and the victim was trying to navigate around a hose on the deck when his wheelchair got stuck.
Detectives did not find any signs of foul play. Instead, the death appears to be a tragic accident, and the Medical Examiner’s Office took custody of the victim.
A Volusia Sheriff’s Office chaplain also responded to the scene.