Man drowns while swimming in Intracoastal Waterway

DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - An early morning swim ended in tragedy after a man drowned when he and his partner attempted to swim across the Intracoastal Waterway in Deerfield Beach, Friday.

The couple, who Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue believe to be in their late 40s or early 50s, went swimming just after 8 a.m.

The couple’s bikes and belongings could be seen near the water, Friday afternoon. According to a witness who was walking her dog, she saw the man in the water, but he started having some trouble when he was halfway across. The woman said she saw the man’s head bobbing up and down as he screamed for help. The woman he was with made it to the other side.

“I noticed there was a girl that had swam across sitting on the island,” said witness Ronda Tedeschi, “and next thing I know, I noticed there was a head bobbing up and down in the middle of the Intracoastal, and I’m like, ‘Is he yelling help?’ so I got a little closer. I realized he’s yelling help, and next thing I know, his head went down and didn’t come back up.”

The witness immediately called 911. Fire Rescue responded and sent two firefighters into the water, but they were unsuccessful in saving the man.

Tedeschi said the woman on the other side was hysterical and screaming during the incident. She was taken to North Broward Medical Center in good condition.

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