Fisherman, son find man's body in Lake Guntersville

Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims says a body was found in Lake Guntersville near the Honeycomb area.

Posted: Jun 2, 2019 2:08 PM
Updated: Jun 2, 2019 11:11 PM

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office said a body was found Sunday morning in Lake Guntersville.

According to the Marshall County Coroner, the victim was in his mid to late 40's.

Deputies said a fisherman and his son found the body in the water off of Word Mountain Road, near Grant, around 10:00 a.m. Sunday. 

WAAY 31 spoke with folks who were on the water on Sunday about the tragic discovery.

“I just like being out here, hanging out and spending time with him. Fishing and enjoying the day," Kyle Anderson said.

Kyle Anderson and his son, Dante, go fishing on Lake Guntersville almost every weekend, but this weekend was different than most.

“They said they were bringing somebody in and we didn’t need to be around," Anderson said.

Anderson and his son had just pulled into the boat ramp near their favorite fishing spot when they noticed a large police presence.

It wasn’t until they spoke with WAAY 31, though, that they found out why.

According to officials, a fisherman and his son—much like Kyle and Dante Anderson—found a man’s body while out on the water.

“Nobody expects to see something like that, especially when you’re out, just fishing. It’s a scary thing," Anderson said. "You really wouldn’t want your kid to see something like that, but nobody wants to see something like that. It’s bad.”

“Saddened, obviously. It’s a loss of life," John Hull added. "But, honestly, I’m not surprised. We have fatalities every year on the water, unfortunately.”

John Hull also fishes on Lake Guntersville frequently and said, although he’s never personally been in a situation like this, it happens too often.

“Unfortunately, fishermen are the ones who are usually finding the bodies," Hull said. "Fishermen are moving slower. They’re not out, zipping around.”

Both Hull and Anderson say this is just another reminder to make sure you’re staying safe while you’re in or near water, and always have a life jacket.

“There’s nothing more important than that. It’s going to save you if you’re knocked out of a boat. If you’re somehow rendered unconscious, it’s at least going to keep you afloat, where you’re breathing," Hull said.

“We’ll definitely be more aware, because the numbers seem to keep going up of people passing away out here on the lake," Anderson added.

It’s unclear at this time how and when the man passed away.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and the coroner’s office told us preliminary autopsy results would be back by Tuesday at the earliest.

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