Tallahassee Man Drowns in Wakulla River

drowning accident
Posted at 8:02 PM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 16:48:07-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, FL (WTXL) - The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office has recovered a body from the Wakulla River Saturday afternoon.

Around 3:30pm, the sheriff's office, along with a helicopter from the Florida Wildlife Commission, were brought in after boaters called for assistance in finding a missing friend.

According to deputies, authorities found 36-year-old Jonathan Peddie, of Tallahassee. The sheriff's office says he was pulled from the water unresponsive.

Deputies tell us they were told Peddie had been swimming downriver from their boat. It was realized he was missing, and his friends called 911. 

Deputies say Peddie was found by the helicopter, and fellow boaters heling with the search were directed to him. The sheriff's office is calling it an accidental drowning.