Man dies after falling out of tube on Rainbow River in Dunnellon

DUNNELLON, Fla. (WCJB) -- A 72-year-old man is dead after falling out of a float tube on Rainbow River in Dunnellon Sunday. Police say he was with his wife who immediately started calling for help.

Sergio Perez was caught in weeds on the bank of the river and fell out of his inner tube. A neighbor heard his wife's call for help, and dialed 9-1-1 while trying to get Perez into a pontoon boat, which was unsuccessful.

Once fire-rescue responders arrived on scene, they had to rescue both Perez and his wife, who was exhausted.

Perez was not breathing when paramedics pulled him from the water, but they were able to get his pulse back. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but died early Wednesday.