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Palm Coast’s Scott Jones, 51, Drowns in Intracoastal During Fishing Trip

| August 30, 2013

The Intracoastal Waterway can appear deceptively calm. (© FlaglerLive)

The Intracoastal Waterway can appear deceptively calm. (© FlaglerLive)

Scott Jones, a 51-year-old resident of Wildwood Drive in Palm Coast, went on a fishing trip with friends Thursday afternoon on the Intracoastal Waterway near 94 Old Oak Drive South in Palm Coast, across the river from the Hammock.

Around 4 p.m., Jones decided to go swimming. He swam toward the middle of the Intracoastal, which can appear deceptively calm, “and then appeared to get caught in the current,” according to a police report. “Jones then showed signs of distress.”

Jones had gone fishing with friends–Bruce Jonas, 61, and Earl Hughes, 51. When Jonas saw Jones in trouble, he jumped in to help. He was able to get to Jones and get him to shore. But Jones was not breathing, and he was not responsive.

Flagler County Fire Rescue administered CPR and transported Jones to Florida Hospital Flagler. He was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

The investigative deputy reported that the information about the incident at the Intracoastal was received from Jones’s son Scott. The deputy attempted to make contact with both Hughes and Jonas, but “both men were not home at the time and thus unable to give written statements of the incident,” the deputy reported.

“This is a tragic event and our thoughts are with Mr. Jones’ family,” Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre said in a release.

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7 Responses for “Palm Coast’s Scott Jones, 51, Drowns in Intracoastal During Fishing Trip”

  1. Anonymous says:

    RIP Scott

  2. Florida Native says:

    RIP sir.

  3. NortonSmitty says:

    So sad to hear this. Every minute alive should be treasured. Young Scott is a friend and we work together occasionally. A fine family that deserved all out support..

  4. Anonymous says:

    rip jonesy we will all miss him down at amvets such a good friend an person and he will always be in our memories an prayers. T-bird an family.

  5. Michael Murphy says:

    Jonesy Rest in Peace you were a good Man you will be missed by all of us in the Hammock.

  6. karri says:

    Jonsey!! We love you and miss you so much already. your kindness will never be forgotten. our love from the hammock goes to scotty and family. RIP Jonsey witkh all our love <3 from all of us in the hammock

    • Anonymous says:

      One of our Mohawk Valley childhood friends. Linda Prentice, Laura Prentice Coffin and John Hotaling thought you would be interested in this

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