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The last thing anyone expects during a beautiful day on the golf course is someone drowning. Unfortunately, that tragic occurrence happened to Hermilo Jazmines down in Florida early on Sunday morning.
According to a release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the 74-year-old Jazmines was playing a round of golf with a friend at East Lake Woodlands Country Club when the incident happened.
At about 7:37AM, Jazmines teed off at hole number three and was last seen looking for his ball near the green. Jazmines’ golf cart was parked on the cart path and his putter was found lying on the ground near the water.
Deputies searched the nearby wooded area and assisted Oldsmar Fire Department in searching the edge of the pond. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded and located Jazmines submerged in the water near his putter. He was pronounced deceased on scene.
Investigators say the evidence suggests Jazmines may have fallen into the water and drowned. Deputies spoke with friends of Jazmines who say he likes to search the course for lost golf balls.
The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, however, it does not appear to be suspicious at this time.
The investigation continues, according to the sheriff’s office.
Our thoughts are with the victim’s family.
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