Blue Ash man dies after rafting accident in Florida, family says

A Blue Ash family is mourning after a man died in a tragic rafting accident in Florida. “The family has not been able to really speak about it publicly,” said Dee Hicks, a close family friend. The family identified the man as 23-year-old Quion Brown. He died Wednesday after a raft he was in popped and capsized on Lake Martin in Parker, Florida. Brown’s family said he was a former Sycamore High School student. He had recently moved to just outside Panama City to stay with close friends he considered family. “So many people have reached out to us to tell us how much he impacted their life,” Hicks said.Hicks mentioned that Brown was known for a motto he often said. “You need it more than I do. He would give you a shirt off his back … food straight out of his hand,” she said. Brown was on the raft with two others, officials said. The other two people eventually came ashore, but Brown did not, officials said. Diving crews spent four hours searching for Brown before they were able to find him.The family now asks for their own helping hand. The cost to recover Brown’s body is more than $ 6,000.Of course, all of this is costing so much money. “We have to go down there to retrieve his belongings,” Hicks said.Leaving a heartfelt message to not let your guard down – no matter what your surroundings. “We want everybody to please take every precaution possible. No matter if it’s a pool, a lake, or a pond. Any body of water.” Wildlife officials said the raft had a hole in it. However, they are not sure what exactly caused the raft to capsize. If you would like to help the family you can do so here: https://gofund.me/9bf6ee3f

A Blue Ash family is mourning after a man died in a tragic rafting accident in Florida.

“The family hasn’t been able to really speak about it publicly,” said Dee Hicks, a close family friend.

The family identified the man as 23-year-old Quion Brown. He died Wednesday after a raft he was in popped and capsized on Lake Martin in Parker, Florida.

Brown’s family said he was a former Sycamore High School student. He had recently moved to just outside Panama City to stay with close friends he considered family.

“So many people have reached out to us to tell us how much he impacted their life,” Hicks said.

Hicks mentioned that Brown was known for a motto he often said.

“You need it more than I do. He would give you a shirt off his back … food straight out of his hand,” she said.

Brown was on the raft with two others, officials said.

The other two people eventually came ashore, but Brown did not, officials said.

Diving crews spent four hours searching for Brown before they were able to find him.

The family now asks for their own helping hand. The cost to recover Brown’s body is more than $ 6,000.

Of course, all of this is costing so much money.

“We have to go down there to retrieve his belongings,” Hicks said.

Leaving a heartfelt message to not let your guard down – no matter what your surroundings.

“We want everybody to please take every precaution possible. No matter if it’s a pool, a lake, or a pond. Any body of water.”

Wildlife officials said the raft had a hole in it. However, they are not sure what exactly caused the raft to capsize.

If you would like to help the family you can do so here: https://gofund.me/9bf6ee3f

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