VENICE - A landscaper drowned Friday morning in Venice when a lawnmower he was riding flipped over on top of him pinning him underwater.

 

City of Venice Fire and Police Departments were called to the Lakes of Capri condominium complex at 1100 Capri Isles Blvd. at 8:45 a.m. this morning for a report of a sinking vehicle.

 

Once on scene, firemedics found a zero-turn mower upside-down in a lake at the complex. First responders entered the water and found a male trapped under the mower in approximately 4 feet of water. They attempted CPR, but their efforts were unsuccessful and the man was later pronounced deceased at Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

Investigators say while operating the mower,  got too close to the edge of the lake, where there is an incline, and the mower flipped over on top of him. The victim’s co-workers discovered the mower in the lake but initially believed he had safely exited the water.

 

 

An initial investigation determined the 34-year-old victim was part of a landscaping crew doing work at the complex. While operating the mower, the victim got too close to the edge of the lake, where there is an incline, and the mower flipped over on top of him. The victim’s co-workers discovered the mower in the lake but initially believed he had safely exited the water.

 

The Venice Police Department is handling the investigation.