A Florida Gulf Coast University student drowned early this morning in a mining pit that is used as a lake and beach on campus. Joel Johnson (21) of Lauderhill, Florida, took a late night swim, along with five others, to an off lake shore trampoline about 20 yards from shore. It was reported by Susan Evans, University spokeswoman, that he had trouble swimming to and never reached the trampoline – again only 20 yards away. Evans reckons that the depth of water at the trampoline is about 10 feet. The Lee County Sheriff has thus far reported this incident as an accidental drowning. It sadly appears that Johnson may have not known how to swim.
Five other people were on the lake shore, and there is no other report of attempted life-saving by the other four in the water and the five on the lake shore.