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Body of man who drowned in Smith Lake recovered

At this time, officials have not confirmed why the dive team was deployed.
At this time, officials have not confirmed why the dive team was deployed.(WAFF)
Published: May. 30, 2022 at 3:44 PM CDT
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CULLMAN Co., Ala. (WAFF) - UPDATE: The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) announced Tuesday that a man drowned in Smith Lake near Miller’s Flats on Memorial Day.

Frankie Cruce, 60, was attempting to retrieve a canopy that fell from his boat when the incident occurred. According to ALEA Cruce’s body was found on Friday, June 3 around 7:20 p.m. in approximately 42 ft of water at the main river’s channel edge on Smith Lake.

The ALEA Marine Patrol Division assisted Daphne Search and Rescue, Logan Fire and Rescue and Cullman County Fire and Rescue, Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, Cullman County Fire and Rescue, Haleyville Search and Rescue, Childersburg Search and Rescue in the search and recovery of Cruce.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is on scene at Smith Lake for a possible drowning situation on Monday.

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office has deployed a dive team.

Senior trooper Brandon Bailey said crews are on scene near Crane Hill.

Members of ALEA, Cullman Emergency Medical Services and firefighters are on the scene.

This story will be updated when further information is released.

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