15-year-old girl who drowned at Oak Mountain State Park identified

15-year-old girl drowned at Oak Mountain State Park

PELHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A 15-year-old girl drowned while swimming with her family at Oak Mountain State Park Monday.

The Shelby County Coroner has identified the teen as Daniyah Dawson.

Dawson was 10th grader at George W. Carver High School in Birmingham. Her principal Dr. Evelyn Nettles Hines released this statement Tuesday:

The George W. Carver High School family is saddened by the recent passing of Daniyah Dawson, a rising 10th-grader. Authorities have confirmed that Daniyah died over the weekend at Oak Mountain State Park. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. At this time, we are respecting the privacy of her family and friends.

The George W. Carver High School family is saddened by the recent passing of Daniyah Dawson, a rising 10th-grader....

Posted by G.W. Carver High School RAMS on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

This is a statement by Kelly Ezell, Alabama State Parks Central District Superintendent: We are very sad to report that a 15-year-old drowned while swimming with her family this afternoon at approximately 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Mountain State Park beach area.

Park staff, park rangers, along with Pelham police, fire and rescue, all responded to the scene. Dawson’s body was recovered by Pelham fire and rescue divers at approximately 7:30 p.m. Our thoughts are with the family and their loved ones during this very difficult time.

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