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93-year-old Florida man swims in Gulf of Mexico for the first time

The Ellenton man took a trip to Anna Maria Island with his daughter, Sandra.
The father and daughter visited Anna Maria Island last Sunday. Howard Fisher swam in the Gulf the first time that day. [Anna Maria Island Florida Facebook group]
Published Oct. 2

After living in Florida for 20 years, 93-year-old Howard Fisher finally decided it was time to go swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.

Last weekend, the Ellenton man took a trip to Anna Maria Island with his daughter, Sandra, who was visiting him for his birthday.

“I guess he never went to the beach because he wasn’t motivated at the time!” Sandra told FOX 13. “By the time he decided to go, he is now 93 — and needed my help.”

“Sandra, isn’t it ironic?” she wrote in a Facebook post that her father said. “I have lived here 20 years and never once went in the ocean ... now I think I might like to but I can’t.”

“Yes you can, Dad,” Sandra responded. “I will make sure of it.”

So, while visiting from Alabama, she decided to make his wish a reality, borrowing a beach wheelchair from the cafe and wheeling her father to the water.

Photos show the two smiling together on the sand and Howard floating in the blue-green water.

He was mesmerized as he floated on his back and gazed up above him.

“Look, I float just like a cork," Sandra told FOX 13 he said to her. “Isn’t this great? Look at that sky and those clouds."


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