Monday, September 10, 2018

Two Berry Pickers Die In Canal

CLEWISTON, FL. -- On Monday, September 10, 2018, at approximately 10:10 am, Hendry County Sheriff’s Agricultural Deputy, received a call reporting that two men had been pulled from a canal off of Dooley Grade, in southeastern Hendry County,

The two men, later identified as Manual Santiz Lopez and Jose (Joel) Lopez Gomez, were employed as part of a berry picking crew who were legally harvesting the berries with a permit.  Witnesses reported that they saw the two men attempt to cross what appeared to them to be a shallow canal; they then lost sight of them. 

Both men were pulled from the canal and attempts to resuscitate them were unsuccessful.  Family members have been notified.

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