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Deceased man identified in swimming incident

September 10, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

A Lehigh Acres man who apparently drowned in the Gulf on Fort Myers Beach Sunday evening was first reported missing before being found unconscious and not breathing on the beachfront behind DiamondHead Beach Resort.

Ronald E. Wilk, age 48, was pronounced dead at 6:03 p.m. after Lee County EMS paramedics unsuccessfully performed first aid during a thorough effort, according to the incident report by the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

LCSO received two 911 calls relating to the incident. The first call was made in reference to an intoxicated male missing in the waters behind Beach Pub. While deputies were on route, the sheriff's office received another call of a person that was found unconscious behind Diamondhead.

According to the report, Hillary Boyadjiev, Wilk's apparent girlfriend, made the first 911 call and stated the deceased was drinking heavily before going into the water. She lost track of Wilk after he entered the water and tried to locate him for 20 minutes before she made the call.

Ruben Ortiz stated he was the first to find Wilk unresponsive in the water behind 2000 Estero Blvd. Ortiz was walking the shoreline with his girlfriend and saw Wilk floating near shore, dragged him to shore and sent someone to call 911.

The Medical Examiner's office was notified. No other information has yet been released.

Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office



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