Authorities are investigating a fatal boating accident in Deltona.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office confirms the death of an Orlando man on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 12, as he and his brother were kayaking on Big Lake on Deltona’s south side.
The victim, Stanley Brown, 50, was in one kayak, and his brother, Terrance Brown, 45, was in another vessel paddling toward the center of the lake to fish when Stanley Brown’s kayak “was flipped upside down in the water,” according to the VCSO’s report. The Brown brothers launched out onto the lake about 1:30 p.m, the agency noted.
After a few minutes of fishing, the younger Brown looked behind him, but he could not see his brother. Terrance Brown then paddled toward the empty kayak, but he could not locate Stanley Brown. A followup report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission noted the victim was not wearing a life jacket when the kayak capsized.
“Terrance advised he was able to gather one of his brothers [sic] flip flops [sic] before making it to the nearest shoreline to call 911,” the report notes.
The Sheriff’s Office’s dive team responded to the scene, and the body of Stanley Brown was recovered from the water at about 5 p.m.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is continuing the investigation.