Authorities say lawyer drowned at diving facility


GLENCOE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a lawyer from Anniston drowned while diving in Glencoe.

Deputy Coroner Michael Head tells The Gadsden Times ( ) 60-year-old Randy Brooks was at Dive Land in Glencoe Sunday to practice diving skills for a trip to Mexico.

Dive Land owner John Valdez Jr. says he was getting ready to leave around 2 p.m. and went to check on Brooks.

Head says Valdez found Brooks sitting on a rock in six feet of water. He was wearing a weight belt, his regulator was out of his mouth and his diving mask was still on.

Brooks had been a certified advanced diver for about 25 years.

Head says a preliminary autopsy confirmed that Brooks drowned and his death will be ruled an accident. Brooks' equipment will be checked for malfunctions.


Information from: The Gadsden Times,

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