Eufaula woman dead after Saturday drowning

A 31-year-old Eufaula woman who died of an apparent drowning Saturday night was described as a good swimmer.

Kasheena Tyson began having trouble swimming around 8 p.m. after making it about halfway from the bank of the lake at Chewacla State Park to a swimming platform, said Lee County Coroner Bill Harris. After reaching the halfway point, she told her sister she couldn't make it and turned around.

Tyson's sister tried to help her, but Tyson slipped underneath the water and didn't resurface, Harris said.

People nearby began searching for her while waiting for EMS personnel to arrive. She was found about 6 feet under water at the lake's bottom by rescue personnel some 20 minutes after she disappeared. Resuscitation efforts began, and she was taken to the hospital, where Harris pronounced her dead at 8:52 p.m.

Neither foul play nor alcohol is considered to have played a part in Tyson's death, Harris said. Her body was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy.

The case remains under investigation.