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Drowning victim identified

BAGLEY, AL (WBRC) - A Mt. Olive man died Sunday after friends say he slipped and fell off a cliff.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said Rayford Chet Downey, 22, of Mt. Olive, died Sunday from an apparent drowning.

Randy Christian with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said deputies were called to a swimming hole near Bagley. When deputies and Bagley firefighters arrived, witnesses said Downey was missing.

Christian said several witnesses told deputies the victim was trying to jump off of a higher cliff when he slipped and fell, hitting a tree and a rock wall on the way down before falling into the water and disappearing. His friends dove into the water and attempted to locate him but were unsuccessful.

Divers from Jefferson County and Hoover responded along with Westwood Rescue and located the victim's body shortly before 7:30 p.m.

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