Officials: Coles death non-boating fatality

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 23, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

Police officials say Shana Cole did not die as a result of a boating accident on the Alabama River.

Investigators have determined Cole&8217;s drowning on the Alabama River on Sunday afternoon was a non-boating fatality, according to Lt. Erica Shipman, public information officer for the Alabama Marine Police.

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Police made the determination Monday after collecting witness statements.

Lt. David Evans of the Selma Police Department said the incident remains under investigation.

Cole, 41, was with friends in the Little Miami area of the Alabama River just off County Road 946 when witnesses say she disappeared suddenly.

People in the area began to look for her and located her body underwater after 30 minutes, according to Dallas County Coroner Alan Dailey.

A rescue boat and ambulance technicians arrived almost half an hour later. After about 45 minutes of attempted resuscitation, Dailey pronounced Cole dead.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Crosspoint Christian Church. Burial will follow at New Live Oak Cemetery.

Friends and family described Cole as an experienced swimmer, but Shipman said that isn&8217;t always a sure safeguard.

As of Monday evening, police did not say if Cole wore a life jacket.

Shipman also said prolonged periods of time in the water, the glare of the sun and the motion of the waves combine to cause a unique condition that disorients people.