Fatal boating accident kills Anna Maria man

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla - Man drowns in boating accident near Anna Maria. 

It happened at approximately 4:15p.m. this afternoon.  According to Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC), Henry Hicks, 59, was attempting to retrieve an anchor of the 27 foot vessel when he drowned.  Hicks was found in shallow water 3 miles west of Anna Maria.

FWC does not suspect foul play in the accident.  An unknown number of people occupied the vessel.  FWC is still investigating what lead to the drowning.

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