ATF agent drowns in Marshall County

ATF agent drowns in Marshall County

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A federal agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has died after drowning on the Tennessee River in Marshall County.

Marine patrol troopers say the incident happened around 5:40 p.m. Sunday near Painted Bluff in the vicinity of the Marshall and Madison county lines.

They've identified the victim as 49-year-old Hugh Anthony O'Connor.

They say he jumped into the water from a boat to help a woman retrieve items that blew from their boat and he failed to surface.

His body was recovered approximately 100 yards downstream.

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