That’s why they call it a high-water rescue vehicle. Florida man drowns

67-Year-Old Man Died While Trying To Escape Flood Waters Of Ian In Florida

A Florida man lost his life Thursday night after he fell and was unable to escape rising floodwaters in his home, according to deputies.
High-Water Rescue Vehicle In Ian Flood Waters, Source: VCSO

A Florida man lost his life Thursday night after he fell and was unable to escape rising floodwaters in his home, according to deputies.

Deputies in a high-water vehicle responded to 1994 Lake Drive, New Smyrna Beach, around 10:30 p.m. Thursday as heavy floods saturated the area.

“The area was inaccessible by standard patrol vehicles, with water in the neighborhood at about waist level,” said Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The 67-year-old victim and his wife were on a list to be rescued by high-water crews. Before the rescue crew arrived, the victim fell inside the home and could not get up before the water level rose over him.

Rescuers performed life-saving measures but were unable to revive the victim.

He was pronounced deceased on the scene. His wife and 2 dogs in the house were taken to a storm shelter. A deputy also recovered a third dog from the home and transported it to an animal shelter.

The death was the second in Volusia County during Ian, with the first occurring around 1 a.m. Thursday in Deltona, where a 72-year-old man fell in a canal behind his home during the storm.

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