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Missing woman found, missing scuba diver found this past week

February 16, 2023
By Marcy Shortuse

The Boca Grande Fire Department and island Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to several calls this past week, included one of a missing woman who was found, and an agency assist to locate a missing scuba diver.

On Thursday, Feb. 9 at approximately 12:11 p.m. the Boca Grande Fire Department responded to an agency assist call for a boat captain who went under water to dive about 10 miles out and had not resurfaced for more than two hours. Charlotte County was unable to properly respond to the call, to assist the Coast Guard, so the BGFD assisted Sarasota County. The captain was located after spending several hours in the water – he was fine. 

On Friday, Feb. 10 at 2:11 p.m. the fire department received a call of a woman down at the intersection of Treasure Lane and Jose Gaspar Drive in Boca Grande Isles.

On Friday, Feb. 10 at 3:56 p.m. the fire department responded to a call in the 5000 block of Gasparilla Road for a 96-year-old with a medical emergency, potentially a stroke.

On Saturday, Feb. 11 in the early afternoon a call was taken by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office of a missing woman, 80-year-old Corinne Waud, missing from the village. Within a short period of time on that day, at 1 p.m., the Boca Grande Fire Department responded to a potential drowning at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Beach. The woman pulled out of the water was the missing woman and she was transported to a local hospital. She was in fair condition at that time.

Missing woman located Saturday afternoon at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse beach.

On Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:53 a.m. the fire department responded to a call of a boat on fire at Snail Island Court and Loomis Avenue. On the same day, at 10:15 a.m., at the same location, a call came in of a fuel spill or odor. The fire department responded.