Orange Beach Fire Chief: Fisherman’s body found

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Orange Beach Fire Chief, Shane Phillips, has confirmed that the body of missing fisherman, B.J. Johnson, 26, was found on Monday.

According to officials, Johnson’s body was found in Fort Morgan on Monday, March 31. Officials also said that the search team has called the county and the coroner.

A relative told FOX10 News, B.J. Johnson was fishing with a few of his cousins Friday evening, March 29, when he fell off the pier.

Fort Morgan Pier near Fort Morgan Ala.
Fort Morgan Pier near Fort Morgan Ala.

A previous interview with witnesses and officials stated: “When he hit the water he panicked. He still had a fishing line in his hand, fighting like this,” Willie Watts, one of Johnson’s cousins who was with him Friday night, said.

Watts said their friend, Tre, dove in to rescue Johnson while Watts cast a net for Johnson to grab. However, Tre struggled to stay afloat since Johnson wasn’t moving.

“So Tre tried, he did three more times trying to lift his head up out of the water to get him some air and after a while, Tre was about to drown himself. So Tre had to let him go and grab the net and I had to pull Tre from in front of the pier all the way around to the shore line where he could get out,” Watts said.

Officials said this was a unique case.

“I’ve been with the fire department for 20 years and this is the first person that’s ever fallen off the pier and has been lost,” Stevens said.

Family members told Fox10 News Johnson used to play full back and running back while attending Foley High School and Troy University. He also leaves behind a 14-month-old son.

FOX10 News will have more information as details become available.

 

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