Despite neighbors rescue attempts, man drowns in pond at Palm Beach Plantation Mobile Home Park

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office investigators say a man drowned in a pond near Palm Beach Plantation Mobile Home Park Saturday.

According to investigators, Robert Lester, 46, went into the pond to retrieve a remote control boat.

"I heard him screaming. By the time I went out there, I saw his hands and splashing," Kashmar Barnes said.

Rescue divers later found the man's body.

A Palm Beach County Fire spokesman says the fountain in the middle of the lake has a significant amount of suction, but they aren't sure if it pulled the victim under.

Neighbor say they've seen the man swimming in the pond before to get the boat.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy.


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