Man’s body found after search, water rescue in Jefferson County

Published: Jun. 20, 2021 at 10:15 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2021 at 1:01 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Birmingham Fire and Rescue and Birmingham Police confirmed a man’s body was found Monday morning following two days of searching. The man reportedly fell in the water at Pebble Creek off Highway 78 in Jefferson County Saturday night.

The victim was identified as 31-year-old Timothy Lewis Bragg.

Battalion Chief Sebastian Carrillo with Birmingham Fire and Rescue said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Search Dogs and crews located Bragg at 8:55 a.m. Monday.

Carrillo said at 9:49 p.m. Saturday BFRS received a call of a person falling in the water on Forestdale Blvd. near Pebble Creek apartments. BFRS Heavy Rescue Team was called in and Water Rescue Operations ensued.

Carrillo said there were reports Bragg had stopped to remove debris from the highway area when he fell and slipped into the water.

Search and rescue efforts off Hwy 78
Search and rescue efforts off Hwy 78(BFRSD)
Search and rescue efforts off Hwy 78
Search and rescue efforts off Hwy 78(BFRSD)
Search and rescue efforts off Hwy 78
Search and rescue efforts off Hwy 78(BFRSD)

The search included:

  • Ground search from Forestdale Blvd back to Pratt Highway along Creek.
  • ALDOT and Birmingham Public Works cleared drains under Forestdale Blvd to allow for area to be searched.
  • BFRS drone was put into use to do overhead searches over creek bed.
  • ALEA Helicopter used to search creek area between Forestdale Blvd and Pratt Hwy.
  • BFRS and Center Point Fire District boats used to search.
  • Pelham Fire Department Dive Team brought in to search under water areas.
  • Personnel placed directly under Forestdale Blvd into culverts to search.
  • Red Mountain Search Dog Association brought search dogs in to begin searching area.
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Search Dogs were utilized to search area.

The following agencies responded to this incident: Birmingham Fire and Rescue, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Birmingham Police Department, ALDOT, Birmingham Public Works, Video Industrial Services, Pelham Fire Department, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Aviation Division, Center Point Fire District, Red Mountain Search Dog Association, Aniya’s Heart.

A drone and boats in the water have been unable to locate the man at this point.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Highway 78 was shut down in both directions to assist in the search, but has since been reopened.

Carrillo said identification of the victim will be forthcoming pending updated information.

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