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New York Man Visiting Family in Alabama Drowns in Coosa River

By William Thornton

A New York State man drowned in the Coosa River in Etowah County.

Southside police Capt. Jay Freeman said the incident happened at about 3:09 p.m. on Monday.

Shawn Jay Hathaway, 31, of Owega, N.Y., went into the water at the Southside City Park and did not resurface.

Freeman said Hathaway’s family was visiting other family members in the area.

His body was recovered about an hour later, Freeman said.

Gadsden Police, Rainbow City Police and fire, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency assisted in recovering the body.

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