Fall From Smith Lake Cliff Ends In Tragic Fatality

by | Nov 1, 2017 | County News, Cullman, EMS, Public Safety

Emergency responders from multiple Cullman County public safety agencies descended upon the 100 block of County Road 272 late Tuesday afternoon.

The location was in the Catalina Point area along the north shore of Smith Lake between Loretta and Dodge City.

They mobilized based on a Cullman e911 call concerning an individual that had fallen from a rocky cliff into Smith Lake. Another woman – believed to be a family member of the victim – bravely attempted a search and rescue by entering the lake prior to the arrival of rescue personnel.

After some difficulty finding the exact location of the incident, responder contact with the patient was made on the shoreline. The patient location was remote and challenged due by steep elevations and rocky terrain.

An Air Evac medical helicopter had been summoned to transport the patient to a Level 1 Trauma Center; however, that medical team’s services were ultimately not needed. Despite the most advanced and aggressive medical care possible, emergency medical technicians from Cullman EMS could not generate viable signs of life from the victim.

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick was summoned to the address. He pronounced Faye Swindall (70) of Cullman dead at the scene.

Personnel from Cullman EMS, Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, Loretto Volunteer Fire Department and Logan Fire & Rescue were all intimately involved in the rescue attempt at the location.

Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayer go ourtto Faye and her family and friends.

Catalina Point on Smith Lake

Fall From Smith Lake Cliff Ends In Tragic Fatality

Timothy Collins

Originally from Asheville, NC, Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com and/or (256) 615-8260.