Man drowns in Etowah County pond

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A man drowned Monday morning in a pond in Ridgeville.

In a statement to FOX6 News, Sheriff Todd Entrekin said the body of Sylvester Vickers, 66, of Jackson, Mississippi, was recovered at 10:56 a.m. Monday.  Entrekin said Vickers was fishing with family members when he fell off a small paddle boat at 8:16 a.m. into the pond on Vickers Avenue.

Etowah County Coroner Michael Gladden ruled the drowning as accidental.