Little Talbot Island drowning victim identified

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 29-year-old man drowned off the coast of Little Talbot Island Tuesday evening.

Police responded to reports of a life threatening injury in the 12100 block of Buccaneer Trail, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

A drowning victim was later identified as Maurice Percell, 29, of Jacksonville.

Foul play is not suspected in Percell's death.

Sade Percell and her sister Takesa are mourning the loss of their 29-year old brother.

The family says Percell was at Little Talbot Island State Park with his younger brother Quincy around 5pm. The family says Quincy walked away for a short while, when he returned he saw Maurice in trouble.

" He saw Maurice waving his hands asking for help , by the time he got to him it was too late," said Sade Percell, 25.

Police say Quincy and another man were able to get his brother to shore. Family members say a rescue unit arrived in less than 3 minutes but they were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at Beaches Baptist Medical center Nassau.

" It was pretty shocking, I still can't really believe it. I am still in shock . It hurts," said Sade.

"Very, very sad," said Takesa Percell. " I love my brother very much always did the best I could for my brother and vice versa, he was always there for me, we were very close knit family, there were 10 of us , same mom, same dad we are taking it hard."

Purcell was working at McDonald's at the Town Center . The sisters were proud of him for getting his life back on track after some struggles.

"He was always there for you, he was funny, he was crazy, he was a good guy, a very good brother. loving."

Percell leaves behind a 9 year old son Tavian. " I know he is going to miss him as well.," said Takesa. "He was a loving father and I know it is going to be hard on the child I just pray that his son will be strong."


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