Body of missing Orlando rowing club student recovered from Florida lake
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gave The search for a missing rowing student Tragedy came to a close on a central Florida lake Friday afternoon when dive teams found and recovered the body of a middle school-aged boy.
After a daylong search, Orlando Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer DeSantis said the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit located the North Orlando rowing student who had gone missing on Lake Fairview around 5:15 p.m. His identity has not been released.
“On behalf of the Orlando Fire Department and all first responders on the scene, our hearts go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy,” DeSantis said.
The boy went missing on the lake Thursday afternoon when a boat carrying five students with the North Orlando Rowing Club capsized. A lightning strike during practice. According to , the students are reportedly from middle school. FOX 35 in Orlando.
Student missing, 1 injured after Orlando Rowing Club boat capsizes after lightning strike
Another student was injured in the strike and taken to Advent Health Orlando in unknown condition. The remaining three students were evaluated at the scene and released.
DeSantis said that in multiple agencies Orlando area Assisted in rescue and recovery operations including Orlando Police, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Fire Rescue and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
The North Orlando Rowing Club, described as a nonprofit organization serving boys and girls ages 12 to 18, released the following statement on Facebook Friday:
“As reported, we have learned that we have lost one of our rowers in this tragic accident. The NOR family is devastated and heartbroken. We are working together to support the family and our rowing family. We will not be making any further comment at this time. And the media and community are requested to give us time to process.”
The video shows the lightning strike at the Washington Monument.
Orlando Rowing Club – The Dragon Boat Club, an organization that also practices on Lake Fairview, said it will host a vigil at 8 a.m. Saturday in lieu of practice as a sign of solidarity.
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According to the National Weather Service, the boy’s death is the third. Electrical Deaths in Florida this year and 18th in the nation.