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23 Year Old Winter Haven Man Drowns Near Carefree Cove

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Winter Haven, Florida – Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a death that occurred on Saturday, December 16, 2017, involving 23-year-old Nicholas Butler of Winter Haven.

Around 6:30 p.m., Saturday evening, deputies responded to a possible drowning in the Carefree Cove area in Winter Haven.


According to Butler’s friend, who was at the scene, Marcin Mizell, they were hanging out and Mizell left to use the restroom. At this time, he told deputies that he heard a “tink” on the metal sea wall and saw Butler fall into the water. Butler was struggling while he was swimming to the wall, and his head went under. Mizell jumped into the water to try to find Butler but was unsuccessful (due to the murky water). Mizell left the area to call 9-1-1, and returned to the area with his flashlight.

Members from the Winter Haven Fire Department marine vessel arrived on scene, found Butler, and immediately began CPR. He was transported to a local hospital where he was declared deceased at 9:08 p.m.

An autopsy will be conducted on Butler at a later time to determine cause and manner of death.

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