Jefferson County Drowning -UPDATE

By: La'tasha Givens, Stephanie Salvatore Email
By: La'tasha Givens, Stephanie Salvatore Email

[UPDATED] at 4:20 PM by Stephanie Salvatore

Sheriff's deputies say 43 year old Eric Wilson of Monticello fell overboard while fishing Monday afternoon, and his uncle immediatety called 911.

Wilson was fishing on a boat on a private pond off Highway 59 and Whitehouse Road with his uncle Hopkins Thompson when he fell in the water. Family members watched as the Leon County dive team searched for hours for Wilson's body, until they were able to recover it around 10:30 PM. Detectives say the murky water and time of night made the search much more difficult for the divers.

"A lot of things change- this was late afternoon, alot of daylight and by the time we're here and starting it's already dark and distance factors at night and things you see are just very different at night, so we have to kind of ball park where we get and start there and do our systematic search, and sometimes it takes a little while and very fortunately last night we were able to recover him," says Pat McLeod, a detective and member of the LCSO dive team.

Family members declined to speak with us at this time.

At this point, deputies are viewing the situation as an accidental drowing. However an autopsy has not yet been completed--we'll keep you posted on the very latest.
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Updated 11/2 at: 12:17 p.m.

Deputies have identified the drowning victim as Eric Wilson of Jefferson County. He was believed to be 43 years old. Deputies say the man he was with at the time was his uncle.

Updated 11/2/10 9:40 a.m.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says a Leon County dive team recovered the drowning victim's body around 10:30 Monday night. The sheriff's office has not yet released the victim's identity.
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Updated by La'Tasha Givens at 8:30pm

Jefferson County man drowns just after 6 pm, tonight and a dive team is activated to recover his body.

First responders are still on the scene in Lloyd, Florida and will continue to work into the night.

Jefferson County sheriff David Hobbs says an adult male was fishing with a friend on a private pond off Highway 59 and Whitehouse Road when he fell off the boat.

The friend called police after the unidentified man went under.

The family is on scene tonight as the Leon County Dive team tries to recover the body.

Officials say because it is nearly pitch black in the area and the water is cold, this could be a slow recovery.

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Updated by News Team

Jefferson County deputies are en route to a pond off Whitehouse Road in Lloyd.

The sheriff's office got a call at about 6:15 tonight about a possible drowning.

Jefferson County deputies say they have called in the Leon County Dive Team for help.


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  • by Stephen Hall Location: Tampa, FL. on Nov 5, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    I am extremely saddened to learn of this trade. I first met Eric around 20 years ago while there with his cousin, and our friendship flourished. E treated me like family. I love u Bo.
  • by meme Location: monticello on Nov 3, 2010 at 07:12 PM
    Eric you will be missed and loved always. My prayers go out the Wilson and Thompson families. God knows what is best for everyone
  • by Tanya Location: Lamont on Nov 3, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    RIP Eric. We will always love you!!!!!!
  • by Minnie Location: Green Cove Springs on Nov 2, 2010 at 08:45 PM
    Love YOU FATTY.My prays are with you. U Know me and ERIC like to peas in a pod.Loved him like a brother.LOVE U .Stay strong know we love him.But love more him more & need him.
  • by Latonah Location: Jefferson County on Nov 2, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    Eric, you are gone but never forgotten....
  • by NICKY Location: MONTICELLO on Nov 2, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    MY FAMILY AND I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE WILSON & THOMPSON FAMILIES DURING THEIR TIME OF BEREAVEMENT!!! GOD IS YOUR STRENGTH AND YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS.
  • by Tracy on Nov 2, 2010 at 04:36 PM
    E.THATS WHAT WE ALL CALLED HIM,WAS A GOOD PERSON.OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS ENTIRE FAMILY.
  • by Whitehouse Rd Resident on Nov 2, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    To the family and friends of Eric Wilson, and all others who are involved. Just to let you know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 at 03:24 PM
    Me and Eazy go back a long way he was a very good friend who will be missed. 52!!!
  • by David Location: up the creek on Nov 2, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    Very sad ending to a fishing trip. Everyone should learn to swim and use that life jacket. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, may you find peace in your grief.
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