FORT MYERS, Fla. – A kayaker died late Saturday night after an accident near the Sanibel Causeway.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said they, along with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and US Coast Guard, received a call around 11 p.m. that a kayak with one person on board, now identified as 16-year-old William Jenkins, had not returned after paddling out a short distance away from the shore.
FWC said a good Samaritan took another kayak to Jenkins’ location, where they found him unconscious in the water.
The Samaritan brought Jenkins back to shore, where bystanders immediately began giving him CPR. The Coast Guard soon arrived at the scene and took over CPR until EMS arrived.
Jenkins was taken to Health Park Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Family members said Jenkins was recently diagnosed with epilepsy and that his father had told him that he wasn’t allowed to go kayaking alone because of his condition. They said Jenkins was shark fishing with a friend and was sitting on the causeway when he saw a bite and went out in the kayak to get his catch.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.