Alcohol is believed to be a potential factor in the Wednesday evening drowning death of a Louisville man at Forbes State Park.

    Rodney L. Wilson Jr., 30, was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Wilson’s body had been located in 14 feet of water about 75 feet from shore, said Troy Cannon, Marion County deputy coroner, who was at the scene.

    Cannon said witnesses to the tragedy said Wilson had been drinking before trying to swim to a buoy about 100 feet from shore.

    Commander Terry Trueblood of the Effingham County Dive-Rescue Team said divers from Effingham and Shelby counties were paged out at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday.

    Trueblood said Wilson had been swimming with family members at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday when he tried to swim to a far buoy marking the swim area boundary. Wilson had turned around when it appeared he could not make the swim, but went down on his way back to the beach, Trueblood said.

    Divers established a “last seen point.” Shelby County divers used sonar to search the area and Effingham County divers found the body a few minutes after 10 p.m.

    Cannon said his office and Department of Natural Resources police are continuing to investigate. Toxicology tests are pending, he said.

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