Man dies after becoming trapped under capsized boat in Charlotte County

Man dies after becoming trapped under capsized boat in Charlotte County
Charlotte County Fire and EMS responded alongside Florida Fish and Wildlife, the Coast Guard, and the sheriff's offices from Lee and Charlotte counties to the intercoastal waterway between Cayo Costa and Sandfly Key for reports of a capsized boat with two people aboard. (Source: Charlotte County Fire and EMS)

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - A 63-year-old man died Sunday after becoming trapped under a capsized boat offshore of Charlotte County.

Charlotte County Fire and EMS responded around 11:30am alongside Florida Fish and Wildlife, the Coast Guard, and the sheriff’s offices from Lee and Charlotte counties to Charlotte Harbor near Devilfish Key, east of Boca Grande for reports of a boat taking on water with two people aboard.

When FWC arrived, the boat, a 22-foot Cuddy Cabin-style vessel, had capsized. One man, 46-year-old Eli Mack of Port Charlotte, was pulled from the water uninjured. But a second man, Calogero Polizzi of Port Charlotte, was trapped underneath the boat.

Divers with Charlotte County Fire and EMS entered the water and pulled him out from the boat’s cabin, starting CPR as he was transported to a dock on Boca Grande.

FWC says despite life saving efforts, Polizzi was pronounced dead at Englewood Community Hospital.

FWC says the incident remains under investigation to determine what happened.

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