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Authorities recover body of drowning victim on the Leaf River

PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The body of a drowning victim has been recovered on the Leaf River.

At 11:40 a.m. Saturday morning, the call came in saying a man had fallen out of a boat under the Wingate Road bridge on the Leaf River, in Perry County.

The man, identified as William Randall Churchwell of Hattiesburg, 22, was not wearing a life vest at the time. Authorities said the man was prone to seizures, and it may have played a role.

The other people aboard the boat attempted to rescue William Churchwell, but were unsuccessful.

His body was discovered near the bridge by sonar equipment at 3:50 p.m. Saturday, and dive teams have recovered the body.

The body is being taken to Jackson for an autopsy.

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