Davie man drowns trying to save pet parrot that flew into retention pond

DAVIE – It was a pet rescue try that went all mistaken.

On Sunday, Davie police say 40-year-old Dimitri Alexiou drowned whereas trying to save his parrot, which had flown into the retention pond behind his Cameron Cove residence constructing that’s west of University Drive. 

“It was horrible. I was in tears,” mentioned Janine Ross, who noticed Davie rescue divers strive to unsuccessfully save Alexiou.

Jared McCall says he’d generally see Alexiou strolling his two canines close to the pond.

“It’s unfortunate – a tragedy that hits close to home right in front of you,” he mentioned.

Davie police say no foul play is suspected. But it is unclear how the parrot, which did survive, ended up within the pond with Alexiou trying to save it.

His buddy Carson Ross says Alexiou labored as {an electrical} lineman for the MasTec company. He says Alexiou had labored an extended shift earlier than the incident and says Alexiou might have been dehydrated.

The tragedy underscores the hazard of wading into retention ponds that are frequent at residence complexes and gated communities throughout South Florida.

“The bottoms are muck.  You will sink,” says Jay Sanford, the senior program coordinator for Swim Central, the drowning prevention program beneath Broward’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “You don’t know how deep they are or what’s on the bottom.  It’s dark water.”

If you end up with a pet or little one within the pond, Sanford says strive to get them again to shore when you are on a gradual platform. Also name 911 when crucial.

“You may find yourself in trouble quicker than you think,” he says.

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