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William Jenkins Memorial Fund opened on behalf of family

By Staff | May 29, 2019

A memorial fund for a Fort Myers teen who recently died while shark fishing off of the Sanibel Causeway has been established at the Sanibel Captiva Community Bank.

Officials reported today that it was opened on behalf of the family of William “Willie” Jenkins, 16, by the staff at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, where both of William’s parents are employed.

Donations can be made to the William Jenkins Memorial Fund at any bank location.

After the bank made a corporate contribution to the memorial fund, a number of bank employees decided to challenge colleagues to match the donation through individual donations. The efforts have resulted in nearly $1,500 contributed to the fund by the bank and its employees, officials reported.

Broadway Palm has promised to match every donation, dollar for dollar.

On May 11 at approximately 11 p.m., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, along with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and United States Coast Guard, received a call about a single vessel boating accident near the causeway. FWC reported that the caller said a kayak with one person on board did not return to shore after paddling out a short distance.

A good Samaritan launched a second kayak and located the kayak and missing person, William, who was unconscious in the water. He was taken back to shore, where civilians immediately started CPR. A Coast Guard vessel arrived on scene and took over CPR until EMS arrived. William was transported to Health Park Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

As of today, May 29, FWC’s investigation remains open.

“This boating incident is still under investigation,” Melody Kilborn, public information director for FWC’s Southwest Region, said.