Man drowns after canoe capsizes on Cummings Creek

Man drowns after canoe capsizes on Cummings Creek

FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Franklin County Sheriff confirmed that a body found in Cummings Creek Sunday afternoon is that of a man whose canoe capsized earlier in the day.

The man was canoeing early Sunday morning at Cummings Creek when his canoe capsized.

Officials said that the man never resurfaced after the canoe overturned. Crews with state marine police and Franklin County Technical Response had been out since 9 a.m. searching the waters and nearby areas for any sign of the man.

His body was recovered around 3 p.m. Sunday, some 12 hours after he fell into the water. Officials and family members confirmed his identity as 49-year-old Teddy Allan McAlister of Phil Campbell.

"He was checking some jugs that had fishing lines tied to it [and he] capsized," said Sheriff Shannon Oliver.

ALEA troopers said there was no personal flotation device in use at the time of the incident.

McAlister's mother, Janet James, said her son was a caring man who lived just next door to her. She said she had a conversation with her son before he left that resonated with her.

"I said, 'Allan, you are going to get killed.' He said, 'Momma, you worry too much,'" recalled James. "I just had this gut feeling he wasn't coming home today."

She described him as a loving man who always checked in on her.

"He always popped his head in, wanting to know if I had any extra leftovers when he came through," said James. "That's what I'm going to miss; when he sticks his head in, [and says] 'Mom, I'm going to work, I love you.'"

James said McAlister had just recently bought the canoe, and was an avid fisherman. Through tears, she expressed her feeling of helplessness over the loss of her eldest son.

"Why did you leave me," she said. "I love you so much. I don't know what I'm going to do without you."

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