Emotions run high after drowning victim’s body is recovered

RAINBOW CITY, Ala. (WIAT) — The body of 30-year-old drowning victim, Christopher Mostello, was recovered by crews at 5:07 a.m. Tuesday in the Coosa River near Rainbow Landing.  Recovery crews from Etowah County and Southside Police Department have been on the scene around the clock since the first 911 call Sunday afternoon.

The Mostello family said while they are heartbroken, they are also relieved to have closure.

“He will never be forgotten because that was my heart. He was the baby and he will always be the baby to me,” said Christopher’s father, Hermon Mostello. “He was a man that if you met him for two minutes, you would latch onto him. This is horrible for me.”

Christopher’s body was found in the primary search area a few hundred yards away from the dock. Hermon Mostello rode out to the location to identify the body. Chief Chris Hassell, with the Etowah Co. Sheriff’s Office, said that he and his crews offer their sincere condolences to the family.

“Anytime there is a drowning it is a difficult time. Not only have you lost a loved one, but the fact that you go to bed at night knowing that your loved one is still in the water is traumatizing that in and of itself. The family has been dignified, respectful and cordial throughout this whole difficult process. They even helped with the search and that speak volumes,” said Hassell.

Mostello said that his son was a strong swimmer. That’s why he hopes that everyone can learn from Christopher’s story.

“Water is like automobiles. You can rub it, play with it, bathe with it, but it will take your life. And that is a living witness right there. Kids get out and go to have fun, and fun turns into tragedy. I would like all the young people in the community to look at this and see what is going on. Because that water is no joke,” said Mostello.

Under standard procedure, Christopher’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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