Drowning at Flat Rock

LAKE WEDOWEE - A Jefferson County man drowned Saturday evening in Lake Wedowee.

According to law enforcement, Richard Brooksher Jr., 56, of McCalla was trying to swim a disabled boat to shore near Flat Rock Park. It was starting to get stormy and windy, and the water started getting rough when the boat pulled away from him. Brooksher panicked and went under.

The call came in about 5:15 p.m. and responders searched for him until about 9 p.m. Saturday.

Flat Rock Park was closed on Sunday so that the search could resume about 8 a.m., and with the help of sonar, his body was recovered about 2:30 Sunday afternoon.

Randolph County Sheriff's Office expresses extreme gratitude toward Randolph County Rescue Squad, ALEA Marine Police Division, Alabama Game and Fish, Randolph County EMA, Alexander City/ Tallapoosa County Rescue Squad, Clay County Rescue Squad, Clay County Sheriff's Office, Randolph County Sheriff's Reserves, Lineville Police Department, Ashland Police Department, Jasper Police Department, B&K Diving, and K&K Diving for the time and effort involved in the search and recovery of the victim.

RCSO also thanks Flat Rock Park/ Alabama Power for allowing the use of the park as a staging and command center to make these efforts easier on the volunteers and emergency personnel.

Sheriff David Cofield said, "We urge everyone to proceed with extreme caution while on the lake. Please be equipped and prepared for any situation that might arise as Lake Wedowee is utilized for water activities."

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