Police: Body of missing watercraft rider found in Miami lake

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police have found the body of 32-year-old Manuel Aponte, who was reported missing earlier this week after he was last seen falling off a personal watercraft on Blue Lagoon, near Miami International Airport.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the family has confirmed that this is the body of Aponte, who went missing on Monday after he fell into the water and never surfaced.

“The body was found at 7 in the morning,” said FWC Captain Alberto Maza. “We kept patrol officers around the clock, 24 hours. City of Miami assisted with patrol officers on land. We had vessels in the water … when we recovered the body.”

A police boat was in the Blue Lagoon, located between the airport and Northwest Seventh Street, off the Dolphin Expressway, when they spotted the body floating nearby.

Police said since the lagoon’s water is murky, the search was very difficult.

A small police presence remains near Blue Lagoon as the investigation continues.

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