Tragic Florida Drowning Death Emphasizes Dangers of Nighttime Swimming

by Carmen Dellutri on July 19, 2011

Sarasota accident attorneySwimming is one of the most popular recreational activities in Florida, especially as the summer heats up. With temperature still high at night, it can be tempting to take an evening swim in Florida’s lakes and oceans. However, it is important to recognize that nighttime swimming dramatically increases the risk of drowning.

Several weeks ago, Joel Johnson, a 21-year-old English major from Lauderhill, went for a late-night swim in a Florida Gulf Coast University lake, where he drowned surrounded by about 10 people.

As reported by, Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigators stated that Johnson drowned as he and several other students tried to swim out to a water trampoline at about 1 a.m. In a 911 call, two people on the scene told dispatchers that Johnson had said he could swim, but he went underwater before reaching the trampoline.

Johnson’s body was recovered at 3:16 a.m. by members of the San Carlos Park Fire Department. The trampoline was located about 50 feet from the shoreline, and the water was believed to be about 10 feet deep in the area.

To stay safe, Floridians are encouraged to avoid swimming at night, especially in areas that you do not know well. The lack of light can make you lose your orientation and miscalculate your distance from the shore.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida drowning accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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