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Pasco man, 52, drowns in canal a year after he was rescued there, deputies say

A Pasco sheriff’s deputy helped pull him from the canal 364 days ago. But nearly one year later, the man downed in the same part of the canal.
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Published Sep. 5, 2019|Updated Sep. 5, 2019

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 52-year-old man appears to have drowned in the same canal he was rescued from 364 days ago, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Juan Carlos Munoz-Valencia was found face down in the canal at 4252 Green Key Road, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies discovered him at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday after his wife called for help.

Deputy Taylor Grant Near Drowning Call

The below body worn camera footage shows Deputy Taylor Grant arriving at a Drowning In Progress call at approximately 8am, on Thursday, September 6. Upon arrival, Deputy Grant jumped an approximately 10-foot tall security fence and entered the property. He quickly sprinted across approximately five acres of land and observed a female yelling for help as she attempted to hold the victim above the water. The sinking male was trapped in between the sea wall and a floating walkway. Deputy Grant pulled the submerged male from the water. The male was initiatively unresponsive but responded quickly once Deputy Grant began his efforts to revive him. Fire Rescue arrived on scene and transported the male to an area hospital.

Posted by Pasco Sheriff's Office on Friday, September 7, 2018

Munoz-Valencia had nearly drowned in the same part of the canal almost exactly one year ago, on Sept. 6, 2018, but a deputy helped pull him onto a dock, resuscitate him and call for medical help, the Sheriff’s Office said.

WTVT-Ch. 13 reported at the time that Munoz is a groundskeeper and was tending to his boss’ boat when he became trapped between the boat and the dock.

Foul play is not suspected in his death, deputies said.


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