Drowning victim’s body found on Coosa River

RAINBOW CITY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (x2): Early Tuesday morning, search crews along the Coosa River discovered the body of Christopher Mostello, who has been missing since going overboard on Sunday. WIAT 42’s Lillian Lalo is on the scene.

UPDATE: The search has been called off for the night according to a rescue worker with Cherokee County rescue. The search will resume Tuesday at first light.

The Cherokee County Rescue Squad has been contacted to continue the search.

ORIGINAL: A search is underway on the Coosa River for a drowning victim, according to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say a man was boating with friends on the river when he went overboard around 3:28 p.m. Sunday afternoon, two miles downstream from Rainbow Landing. The victim did not know how to swim, and went under. Family members said 28-year-old Christopher Mostello was trying to help another person on the boat when he fell.

“They say that one of the girls was over the boat, and he just reached down, tried to help her in the boat and he just flipped over himself,” said Mostello’s cousin, Tinly Henry.

Several agencies, including the Alabama Marine Police, are searching the river, and they will search through the night until Mostello has been recovered. Crews have underwater search equipment to assist in the search for Mostello’s body, but they said it may not be very useful.

“The terrain underneath is an old timber bed, so there’s lots of stumps,” said Scott Hassell of the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s an area where the power company had cut timber years ago, and when the lake was impounded, so basically, the technology’s great but it’s not very useful in this particular location.”

Crews have set up a search perimeter using information from witnesses who last saw Mostello before he went overboard.

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