A Comer man drowned Saturday while swimming in the Broad River off David’s Home Church Road.
Douglas Parham, 42, was pronounced deceased by coroner Julie Phillips at approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday after paramedics were unable to revive him.
According to the incident report, deputy Lewis Fisher was dispatched to the scene where he met with EMS, who told him a white male had drowned in the river while swimming. A witness at the river stated that Parham came to the river about 6 p.m. and that about 6:30 p.m. her daughter asked Parham if he would go out to “Fred’s Rock” and swim with them.
Once out at the rock, Parham allegedly slipped as he was entering the water and when he came up, he was panicked. Attempts to rescue him were unsuccessful and 9-1-1 was called. Another swimmer reportedly found Parham about 100 yards from where he went in approximately 10 to 15 minutes later. Madison County Rescue brought him to the shoreline, but no vital signs were detected.
Phillips said she pronounced him deceased at the scene. She received the autopsy results from the state crime lab Tuesday, ruling his death an accidental drowning.