Body of missing swimmer found near Naples beach off Gordon Drive

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Searchers from the Collier County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday morning recovered the body of a Georgia man who disappeared Saturday at a beach off Gordon Drive.

While assisting in the search for 38-year-old Matthew Britton, members of the Sheriff’s Office's Marine Bureau found his body submerged about 100 to 150 feet offshore near the 3900 block of Gordon.

Members from the Naples Fire-Rescue Department assisted in the recovery. Britton's body was taken to the District 20 Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.

Matthew Britton
Matthew Britton

Police said Britton was last seen about 50 yards off the beach near the 2100 block of Gordon Drive. The beach is in the Aqualane Shores neighborhood in Naples, just north of Port Royal.

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Police said witnesses reported seeing him swimming about 2:15 p.m. Saturday when he went under water, but did not see him resurface.

Multiple units from Collier County emergency response departments searched for a missing swimming Saturday in the Gulf.
Multiple units from Collier County emergency response departments searched for a missing swimming Saturday in the Gulf.

Multiple units from Collier County emergency response departments searched for Britton on Saturday in the Gulf.

During the search, agencies helping included Naples Fire-Rescue

Department, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Greater Naples Fire-Rescue Department,

Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Commission.

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This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: Collier Sheriff’s Office find body of missing swimmer Matthew Britton

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