Authorities respond to third drowning in 3 weeks

WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) - Authorities in Franklin County respond to the third drowning in Franklin County in less than three weeks and the fourth drowning since May.

According to Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler, 41-year-old Randy Williams of Johnston City was swimming in a private farm pond near the intersection of Garrett's Prairie and Neilson Roads in West Frankfort.

Witnesses told police that Mr. Williams was swimming with a 13-old- male, whose parents were watching from shore. The thirteen year olds mother reportedly told the child it was time to get out of the pond.

The mother told police she saw Williams go under water and after several minutes he did not resurface.

West Frankfort Fire and Ambulance were called to the pond at 11:36 p.m. Saturday. Leffler says at 11:54 p.m. Williams' body was recovered from the pond and paramedics started CPR.

Williams was transported by ambulance to the Franklin Hospital in Benton where resuscitation measures were continued. Leffler pronounced Williams at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room at 12:44 a.m.

Witnesses told Franklin County Deputies at the scene that several people spent the day on the property working and later had a dinner and drinks.

The witnesses told police Williams had consumed at least twelve beers., and in the evening Williams and others decided to swim in the farm pond and try to catch frogs by hand.

The coroner says Williams was swimming fully clothed and was even wearing hiking boots.

No foul play is expected and the coroner is calling this a case of accidental drowning.

Alcohol is considered a possible factor in the drowning., but authorities won't know for sure until toxicology results are available, likely in three to four weeks.

Funeral arrangements for Williams are pending with Murman and Wilson Funeral Home of Johnston City.

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