Law enforcement ready to push water safety during Labor Day weekend
A young man drowned in Cleburne County Wednesday at Cheaha Lake. The emergency situation encouraged ABC 33/40 to looking into water safety. Law enforcement is thinking safety as we head into the unofficial last weekend of the summer.
Pell City Police Officer Justin Cooper works with the department's Marine Unit.
"It's not easy, I will put it that way, especially if you are looking for a victim of some sort of accident," said Cooper.
Cooper responds to boat crashes, drownings and stranded watercraft. Getting on the water to search for someone or something is not the problem. The problem is finding who or what is in trouble.
"Your information is normally not accurate, so you have to work with what you got," added Cooper.
Most bodies of water where trouble happens are big. Pell City officers receive 911 calls focusing on water all the time.
"There is really no way to pinpoint it. It's random. You might have 2-3 in a month. Then you might not have one for two months," added Cooper.
Cooper expects people to be on the water this weekend. He recommends the water lovers wear life jackets, take a friend and don't drink a lot of alcohol.
"It numbs your senses. You obviously don't make the wisest decision when you've had a little bit too much," added Cooper.
Cleburne County officials do not suspect that alcohol was a factor in Wednesday's drowning on Cheaha Lake. Investigators are not releasing any information on the drowning since all the victim's family members have not been notified.