A day after he disappeared, the body of a missing Etowah County man was recovered from Big Wills Creek.
Etowah County Coroner Michael Head said Dakota Brett Crandall, 25, was pronounced dead at 11:12 Sunday morning.
Gadsden Assistant Fire Chief Jim Matlock said Crandall’s body was found about 300 yards from where he went under Saturday morning while kayaking with relatives.
Matlock said crews walked the creek bank this morning and Crandall’s body was spotted about 10:30 a.m. about 25 feet from the bank. It took about 45 minutes to recover the body, as crews with life vests were tied to ropes along the shore and went into the water. The area had a depth of up to 15 feet, he said, but the body was spotted in about five feet of water.
On Saturday, rescue squad worker Vicky Ryan, 46, died after she and three rescue squad coworkers were injured when two boats capsized during a search on the creek.
Crandall went missing near an old low head dam that was once used to pump water into the Gulf States steel mill nearby.
One of the boats got too close to the dam and was swept over the side. The second boat soon followed and nine Rescue Squad workers were cast into the creek. Members of the Gadsden Fire Department and the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office assisted in rescue efforts.
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