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Man drowns in Valley lake

An Alabama man died Wednesday evening while swimming in the lake at Valley Park, according to a report from the Lee County Sheriff's office.

Brandon Leslie Etheridge, 24, of Five Points, Ala. was swimming in the recreational area of the lake at Valley Park in Valley, Ala., with an 11-year-old boy, when the child began having difficulty swimming. Etheridge assisted the child to safety, but then he began having difficulty swimming and disappeared under the water, witnesses at the scene told police.

Chambers County Volunteer Fire Units and Valley Diving Teams arrived at the scene and searched for Etheridge for about an hour before removing his body from the lake.

The case is still under investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Lee County Coroner's Office.

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