Florida man drowns when wheelchair falls into backyard swimming pool

Posted at 8:54 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 14:24:44-05

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Officials in Florida say a 68-year-old man drowned on New Year's Eve when his wheelchair fell into a backyard swimming pool.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Terry Chambers was unresponsive when he was found in the water on Monday afternoon. His 64-year-old wife Judy Burns and 61-year-old caretaker Steve Miller were at the home when the incident occurred. Authorities say they were unable to rescue the man.

The newspaper reports Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies attempted multiple life-saving efforts but Chambers died.

Sheriff's officials said they didn't consider the death to be suspicious. An investigation continues.