Body Of Missing Man Found From Canoeing Accident
Published September 22nd, 2014
SILVER SPRINGS--- A Silver Springs family is mourning the loss of a grandmother and father killed in a canoeing accident.
Todd Gibson, his two small daughters, their grandmother Lisa Gibson, and another adult were on board the canoe yesterday evening on Halfmoon lake in the Ocala National Forest when the boat tipped over and sank. Nearby boaters rescued the 5 and 7 year old children, but the 51 year old grandmother did not survive.
Investigators today found the body of the missing father in the lake. A nearby resident says he is thankful that other boaters were at least able to save the children. Long-time boater George Lanz says, "God bless them for doing that, you know. I just hope the family makes it through this hard time....You just have to be safe on the water."
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say they did not recover any life-vests or flotation devices. FWC officers say in most boating accidents where a death occurs, the individuals didn't have any kind of life jacket.
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