The body of a Florida windsurfer who went missing in a river as Hurricane Idalia swept through the state last week has been found in the water, according to local reports.
Greggory Johnston, 60, disappeared Aug. 30 in the Banana River near the Kelly Park area on Merritt Island, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.
A dog walker who called 911 after seeing Johnston fall underwater near a bridge described the water as choppy at the time.
“The waves were coming in from the river and were nearly three feet high,” Tony Fitch told FOX35 Orlando.
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Staff from the sheriff’s office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Coast Guard began searching for Johnston around 7 p.m. on August 30. The next morning, searchers recovered the board and windsurf sail near the east bank of the river, opposite Kelly. Park, the sheriff’s office said.
Johnston’s body was later found on August 31 but was not identified until Wednesday, the station reported, citing the sheriff’s office.
A medical examiner’s report says Johnston drowned while windsurfing in the river during a tropical storm warning, WKMG-TV reported, citing the Department of Enforcement Florida Law (FDLE).
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The FDLE confirmed in a press release Wednesday that two deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Idalia in Alachua and Brevard counties.
No further details were immediately released.
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Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Florida on the morning of August 30 as a Category 3 storm before being downgraded to a Category 1 and then a tropical storm later that day.