A Florida teenager’s body was recovered from a Polk County lake on Monday morning after “apparently” drowning following a Jet Ski incident, according to officials.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said a preliminary investigation found two teenagers – a 17-year-old and 15-year-old – were on a single jet ski on Lake Clinch in Frostproof, Florida on Sunday night.
Investigators learned that the older teen made an abrupt turn, causing both to get ejected into the water.
The 15-year-old was wearing a life jacket and made it back to the Jet Ski before looking for the 17-year-old.
Without any success, the younger teenager quickly alerted others in the area, and a 911 call was made.
The 17-year-old was not wearing a life jacket, the sheriff’s office said, and was ultimately found in about 20 feet of water on Monday morning with the help of a Polk County Sheriff’s Office underwater drone.
Officials said it appears the teenager drowned, but the Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death.
Sheriff Grady Judd said the department’s hearts hurt for the loss, offering his thoughts and prayers to the boy’s family.
“This is a tragic accident and a stark reminder that life jackets save lives,” Judd said. “Please, when out on the water, wear a life jacket. It could save your life.”