Missing Boater’s Body Recovered After Exhaustive Search in Lake Jackson


Tragedy struck in Sebring on Saturday, May 11th, as the Sebring Fire Department responded to a boating incident on Lake Jackson, sparking a search for a missing boater. Amidst ongoing firefighting efforts, resources were quickly redirected to Station 15 to deploy Boat 15 at Veterans Beach Boat Ramp.

Preliminary investigations revealed that 22-year-old Mr. Gutierrez-Gomez from Hardee County went overboard while attempting to retrieve his hat from the lake, failing to resurface. Despite nearly 36 hours of intensive search and recovery efforts, first responders tragically recovered Mr. Gutierrez-Gomez’s lifeless body.

On Saturday, May 11th Sebring Fire Department was requested on scene for a boating incident that took place around…

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The collaborative search involved multiple agencies, including the Sebring Fire Department, Sebring Police Department, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and Frostproof Fire Department. Despite their tireless endeavors, the outcome remained devastating.

This heartbreaking incident underscores the importance of safety precautions during boating activities. As Sebring mourns this loss, all inquiries regarding the incident should be directed to the FWC at [email protected].