West Point man drowns

after saving 5-year-old

COLUMBUS - A West Point man died Sunday night saving a child from drowning at the Columbus lock of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

Lowndes County coroner Don Harris said Jim Myers, 21, pulled a small child out of the water after the child was caught in an undertow.

The child was one of three swimmers pulled into deeper water by the undertow. The two older swimmers got to safety.

Myers, who was fishing nearby, jumped in and pushed the third swimmer, a 5-year-old child, to a small tree before being pulled under and drowned.

Harris ruled the cause of death accidental drowning.

This is the second one we've had like this since (the waterway) opened,'' Harris said. The water starts rising and there's an undertow.''

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