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14-125 Body Of Missing Boater Found On Lake Tarpon

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-Marine Unit

John Patti (Body Found)
DOB: 6/9/1943
Address: 2587 Cyprus, Apt. 102, Palm Harbor

Deputies have found the body of the missing boater on Lake Tarpon. The boater went missing on Saturday afternoon on Lake Tarpon after he jumped in the water to save his dog.

The body of the missing boater was located near the Brooker Creek area of Lake Tarpon.

The missing boater’s body was located at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014. The missing boater and three others were boating on Lake Tarpon the afternoon of Saturday, May 24, 2014. Deputies responded to the scene and began searching at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The body of the missing boater has been found on Lake Tarpon. Deputies located the body near the Brooker Creek area of Lake Tarpon at approximately  8:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Deputies have been searching for the missing boater since around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014.

The missing boater was with three other people on a pontoon boat when their dog jumped into the water. The missing boater jumped into the water to save the dog and disappeared under water. The dog was returned safely to the boat.

Various forms of sonar equipment, helicopters, and boats were utilized in the search.

Deputies have identified the body to be that of the missing boater, 70-year-old John Patti of Palm Harbor.

Next of kin has been notified and the medical examiner will complete an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

At this time boater’s death appears accidental and not suspicious in nature.

The investigation continues.

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