Western New York Native Drowns in Florida

May 25, 2014 Updated May 25, 2014 at 11:17 PM EDT

By HILARY LANE

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May 25, 2014 Updated May 25, 2014 at 11:17 PM EDT

TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA (WKBW) - Western New York Native John Patti Died While Boating in Florida Saturday.

Police say the 70-year-old went out with some friends on his pontoon boat on Lake Tarpon yesterday, when his dog, a Yorkie named "Rascal", jumped into the water.

Patti dove in after the dog and saved him, but he then went under the water himself and never resurfaced.