A 54-year-old Eastpoint man died of an apparent drowning Saturday morning after he dove off the boat landing at Cash’s Creek.
The body of Michael Holland was discovered beneath the water by Lt. Timmy Register after he searched the area wearing a mask, snorkel and fins. Friends of Holland had been unable to locate him after he and a friend, Tina Shiver Jones, had jumped off the dock.
Responding to a 911 call, Sgt. Robert Shiver of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene about 11:15 a.m. and spoke with Doug Joyner and Bruce Rotella. The two men said they had caught a ride to Cash’s Creek with Earl Frank Boone and Kilgore.
Joyner and Rotella told Shiver they were all hanging out at the end of the dock when Holland “grabbed Tina around the waist and jumped off the end of the dock with her into the water.”
Kilgore surfaced and swam to shore, they said, but Holland did not come up. Joyner and Rotella told Shiver that they both, as well as Holland, had been drinking.
Joyner said he had jumped into the water to search for Holland, but could not locate him.
The dive crew arrived at the scene, together with Sheriff Mike Mock, Capt. Brad Segree. Capt. Chester Creamer and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Terry Martin.
Register was assisted by Deputy Casey Harrell in pulling Holland’s body from the water and into a body bag. The body was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Tallahassee and FWC assumed the investigation of the drowning.
Shiver, together with Deputy Jim Ward, then drove to the Apalachicola residence of Holland’s parents, Linda Holland and Junior Holland, to notify them of their son’s death.