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21 Year Old Drowns in Lake Monticello


On Wednesday May 21, 2009, Drew County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to Lake Monticello to respond to an accidental drowning. The victim, Robert Brazeale age 21 of Monticello, was swimming with his mother and a friend, John Smith. Brazeale jumped off of the dock but was unable to touch and not a strong swimmer he started yelling for Smith and his mother. A man fishing from Hampton, Johnny Clemmons, dove in after him. After Clemmons third attempt he managed to pull Brazeale out and start CPR. MASI ambulance service arrived and transported Brazeale to Drew Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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