Mashes Sands Drowning Victim Identified

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The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim in a Sunday, Aug. 11 drowning at Mashes Sands Beach in Ochlockonee Bay, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.

The victim is James Edward Davis, 55, of Stuckey Avenue in Tallahassee. The victim was swimming with friends at the beach at approximately 4:30 p.m. when he began to struggle 100 yards offshore.

The three friends with Davis assisted him back to shore where
witnesses performed CPR until a Wakulla EMS Unit and WCSO deputies arrived on scene at 4:40 p.m. and also performed CPR.
Efforts to revive Davis on the beach were unsuccessful. WCSO deputies have been successful in locating next of kin.

An autopsy was conducted on Aug. 12 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and the initial findings of the autopsy were consistent with that of drowning. The Medical Examiner will also be issuing a final report which will close the case investigation.

By Elizabeth Nickerson
August 12, 2013

Crawfordville, FL- The sheriff's office says the investigation is ongoing as to how the man died, but says there were open bottles of alcohol when deputies arrived on scene. WCSO says open alcoholic beverages are against county ordinance.

Authorities have not released the identity of the 55-year-old victim. Sheriff's deputies say he and three friends were out at Mashes Sands Beach in Wakulla County Sunday.

Few other details are being released, but witnesses told authorities the man was later seen out on a sandbar 100-yards offshore, when he lost consciousness while swimming. The sheriff's office is reminding beach goers to always be careful in the water.

"Make sure that they are not drinking and make sure that they are being careful of rip currents and things of that nature, so that they can have a pleasant time there, you know the beach can be a very dangerous place if you are not careful," said Keith Blackmar, from Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, though sheriff's deputies say there are no signs of any foul play.

Press Release: Wakulla County Sheriff's Office

A 55-year-old Tallahassee man drowned off Mashes Sands Beach in Ochlockonee Bay Sunday, Aug. 11 at 4:45 p.m., according to Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel.

The victim was pronounced deceased on the beach after law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel arrived on the scene at 4:27 p.m. The WCSO is withholding the name of the victim until next of kin can be notified.

Witnesses reported that the victim was out on a sandbar 100 yards offshore when he lost consciousness while swimming. He was at the beach with three friends. The friends attempted to assist the victim back to the shore and CPR was administered by witnesses on scene.
Wakulla EMS administered CPR to the victim to no avail. There were no signs of foul play and an autopsy has been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 12.

Witnesses reported alcohol being consumed on the scene by members of the party. Sheriff Creel warned swimmers not to consume alcohol while engaged in marine activities and always pay attention to the rip currents.

Deputy Alan Middlebrooks, Captain Chris Savary, Lt. Sherrell Morrison and two members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) assisted EMS at the scene.

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