Drowning in Etowah County

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A dive team Monday afternoon recovered the body of a drowning victim in Etowah County.

In a statement to FOX6 News, Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin said the body of James Dale Leigh, 22, of Sand Valley, was pulled from a pond in the 1600 block of Leeth Gap Road at 2:19 p.m. Monday.

Entrekin said witnesses called 911 shortly after 12:30 p.m. Monday after seeing Leigh fall into the pond.  They said Leigh was walking around the pond when a portion of the bank collapsed and he fell in.

A dive team from the Etowah County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the scene to search for Leigh, with help from the Sand Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Alabama Marine Police.