Search underway for man who vanished while swimming with children in Marion County

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Marion County deputies are searching for a man who vanished while swimming in Lake Weir.

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Deputies said they were called to the lake around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after a drifting boat was spotted.

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Deputies said a man and three children were aboard the boat in the middle of the lake when the man and two of the children went for a swim.

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The boat later drifted away and one of the children who was swimming swam to the boat to get the child who was still aboard the boat, deputies said.

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Officials said the children returned with the boat but the man had vanished.

Deputies are treating this as a possible drowning and search teams are looking for the man.

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Investigators have asked the public to avoid the area.

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