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UPDATE: Drowning reported near Punta Rassa boat ramp

By Staff | Jul 4, 2011

Authorities are investigating after a man’s body was found floating near a Punta Rassa boat ramp.

The white man was identified as Philip Schweers, 45, of 11531 Blue Warbler Drive in Fort Myers. His body was discovered about 11:20 a.m. Monday, said Tony Schall, a Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. It was not immediately known Monday how Schweers got into the water or how long he’d been in it.

“We are working it as an apparent drowning, but the medical examiner will have to determine a cause of death,” he said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers recovered the body from the water.

It was found near or at the boat ramp, said Gary Morse, an FWC spokesman. “We’ve had no reports of incidents over the weekend.”