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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Here We Go Again - Ditto Landing Drowning - Channel 48 and 19 News reports

Thank you Coroner Jeff Chunn for expressing the Family wishes that the man's name not be released. 

FIRST ALERT: Rescue crews recover body of missing boater

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - On Thursday morning, officials recovered the body of the missing boater who disappeared Wednesday morning.
Officials tell us the body was recovered around 6:26 a.m. The Madison County coroner said the victim is a 31-year-old Madison County man.
The coroner declined to release the name of the victim at the family's request.
rescue crews from Morgan and Madison Counties are on the river, looking for a missing boater who disappeared in the water about 25 hours ago.
K-9 units are being put on some boats to see if they can detect anything. If they do, crews will follow up with sonar and divers.
The boats launched from the marina just before 6:30 a.m.
On Wednesday, Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said preliminary investigation shows alcohol may have been a factor in the drowning of a 31-year-old man at Ditto Landing Wednesday morning.
Crews from the Huntsville-Madison County Rescue Squad were called to a water rescue at Ditto Landing. Officials say three people, two women and one man, were rescued. The apparent drowning victim is still unaccounted for.
Franklin said the three boaters weren't wearing life jackets. She said crews are having a tough time searching for the missing boater.
“It's a little bit more difficult this time because it was dark when this happened,” she said. “And the witnesses were in distress and weren't very familiar with the area and the location that they were in. They’re not sure of the area that we need to be searching.
Franklin said rescuers are working in shifts to continue searching the water through the night.
Cadaver dogs will be on the water with crews early Thursday morning if the man isn’t located.

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