Lake Nicol Drowning Victim Was 18-Year-Old University of Alabama Student
The man who drowned Saturday after jumping into Lake Nicol from nearby cliffs was an 18-year-old student at the University of Alabama, police said Monday morning.
The student's drowning is being investigated by the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, which looks into all deaths outside a hospital setting in the county. At this time, they say the death appears accidental.
Captain Jack Kennedy, the commander of the VCU, said the victim was 18-year-old Ifeanyi Chidubem Prince Anyoku, from Post Harcourt in Nigeria, who was a student at UA.
Reports this weekend that the victim was a man in his 30s were inaccurate.
Kennedy said Tuscaloosa Police, Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue, and the county sheriff’s office responded to Lake Nicol Saturday around 5 p.m. on reports that a man had jumped from the area known locally as "The Cliffs" and never resurfaced.
Kennedy said multiple witnesses said Anyoku jumped feet-first into the water, and there are no indications of foul play at this time.
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Editor's note: The original version of this story misspelled Lake Nicol and its headline and body text have been corrected.
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