Watercraft rider's body found in lake
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Search crews found the body of a man who drowned in a South Florida lake Thursday evening.
Miami-Dade Police recovered the dead body of 49-year-old Adam Quiles, from a Northwest Miami-Dade lake, Friday morning. Quiles went missing after he fell into the lake while riding a personal watercraft with friends and family on Fourth of July.
According to his family, shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, they saw Quiles stand up on his jet ski and fall into the water. Quiles' son Brandon said, "I saw him struggling, so I just went from there and jumped off. But, at that point, I didn't think it was an emergency. I just wanted to swim. I ended up going over there, and then when I started swimming, my sisters and mom started freaking out saying, 'Look, something is wrong, he is drowning!' And I look towards him, and I see him struggling, and I just can't believe what I am seeing. My dad, he is in shape, going under water? I don't know what happened. He must have had a cramp or a heart attack, but I don't know if he had a heart attack because he yelled out, 'Brandon, Brandon!' and then he went under. I swam as fast as I can, but it wasn't fast enough, and my dad just went under."
Brandon called his brother, who was out of town. "I told him exactly what happened, and he just hanged up on me, and he started texting my dad, 'Dad, dad get up, get up.'
Rescue crews shifted their efforts on Thursday night from a rescue endeavor to a recovery mission since so much time had transpired since the victim had fallen into the water. They continued their search for Quiles on Friday morning. His body was discovered Friday, shortly after 11:30 a.m. They said the lake is about 70 feet deep and Quiles was not wearing a life jacket.
Officials said the search had been particularly difficult because they had to work in near darkness, under inclement weather conditions, making it nearly impossible to see in the murky waters of a fairly large body of water.
Quiles was a Miami corrections Officer. He leaves behind three children and a wife. "It just makes no sense to me, his death," said Brandon.
Police continue to investigate what led to this drowning.
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