One Person Dead in Drowning Incident on Black Warrior River in Eutaw, Alabama
A Sunday search and rescue mission has confirmed that one person drowned on the Black Warrior River in Eutaw.
Greene County EMS was the first to respond to the call at at 2:10 p.m. Sunday and dispatched a unit to the Black Warrior River near the A. I. Selden Dam. Upon arrival, EMS personnel were told one person had gone underwater and not yet resurfaced.
A search was started immediately and Greene County EMS personnel were able to rescue one person stranded in the waters near the dam.
Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service's Water Rescue Team was dispatched to the scene to assist in recovery efforts, and sadly, the team was able to locate the body of the deceased person.
"Per Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Battalion Chief, Tim Shanahan, the body was recovered by the Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue-Regional Dive Team members in an area of water approximately 40 feet wide with an approximate depth of 6 feet," said Greene County EMS Director Zac Bolding in a Sunday statement.
The Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Dive Team was able to locate the body in approximately four minutes, as a search grid had been previously established by the Greene County EMS.
"Initial reports are that the deceased was attempting to cross the water in the same area, with a small group of people, at the time of the incident," Bolding said.
The identity of the deceased has not been released.