Man drowns in St. Johns County community pool

Gary Dowling, 54, found at Old Town Village Apartments


ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A St. Johns County man died from an apparent accidental drowning Monday afternoon at an apartment complex.

Gary Clark Dowling, 54, was found in the community pool at the Old Town Village Apartments on Old Town Parkway around 5:20 p.m. by a resident.

Robert Gober, a sergeant with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, was off duty at the time and happens to live in that complex. He jumped into the pool and removed Dowling.

He and other first responders began life-saving measures until Fire Rescue arrived.

Dowling was transported to Flagler Hospital where he died.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death, but there is no evidence of foul play.