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Authorities identify drowning victim in Southside

Published: May. 30, 2022 at 4:50 PM CDT|Updated: May. 30, 2022 at 7:32 PM CDT
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SOUTHSIDE, Ala. (WBRC) - The Southside Police Department confirms a New York man drowned Monday afternoon while swimming at riverfront property in the city.

Police and fire departments in Southside responded to a report of a man who went missing while swimming just before 3 p.m.

Around 4:10 p.m., the victim - identified as 31-year-old Shawn Jay Hathaway of Owego, New York - was pulled from the water. He was pronounced dead by the Etowah County Coroner’s Office.

Southside Police Department, ALEA (Marine Patrol), and the Etowah County Coroner’s Office investigated the incident and they say the drowning has been ruled accidental.

Officials say Southside FD, Rainbow City FD, PD, Gadsden FD, PD, and The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Patrol all assisted in the recovery effort.

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