Tybee Island City Councilman remembered

Tybee Island City Councilman remembered

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Tybee Island community is mourning a City Council member.

Frank Schuman, 62, was found in the water near his boat off of Catalina Drive on Sunday evening, after nearby residents heard a splash and went to investigate. The couple pulled Schuman out of the water and waited for help to arrive. Schuman was found unconscious and later died at the hospital.

"I was shocked just like everybody on Tybee," said Mayor Jason Buelterman. "Frank, has lived out there a long time and everybody knows him and he was out yesterday actually helping with the Tybee flotilla that he often does and this is just something that surprised all of us, very sad."

The Schuman family told WTOC that they believe he may have suffered a stroke or heart attack, causing him to fall into the water.

Schuman had been transporting people across the waterways as part of a flotilla event on Sunday. Schuman's family members said that he had recently gone for a check-up and was in good condition, and are in shock of his death.

"It's not supposed to happen to your dad," said Frank Schuman Jr. "My dad was like Superman. He was tough man. This whole island is in shock right now, because everyone loved my dad."

Tybee Island police initially responded the call, but alerted Savannah-Chatham Metro Police when it was determined that Catalina is outside the Tybee Island jurisdiction.

An autopsy will be performed. The cause of his death is unknown at this time. Schuman was in the middle of his second term on the City Council.

Tybee will hold a special meeting next week to appoint a new councilman for the duration of his term.

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