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Man drowns in Lake Martin

Published 6:00pm Monday, June 23, 2014

A Birmingham man who was apparently an experienced swimmer drowned Saturday afternoon in Lake Martin.

Mark James Ajluni, 58, was swimming alone at a private residence off of Old Suzanna Road near Dadeville around 1:45 p.m. when the accident occurred. There was a single witness nearby on a dock at the time.

“He was in the water by himself,” said Sgt. Mark Fuller of the Alabama Marine Police. “He was visiting friends in the Sandy Creek area and the witness said that he left his dock, swam toward an island and then was returning. He went under water and he came back up and appeared to be floating on his back for a few seconds and then went underneath again and he never resurfaced.”

The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department reported that the witness and others in the area made attempts to find the victim but were unable to locate him.

Fuller said Ajluni’s body was discovered 20 feet down on the lake bottom by a Tallapoosa County Rescue Squad diver. The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department reported that the body was recovered at 6:07 p.m. Saturday.

Fuller said the victim reportedly swam several times a week.

Ajluni did have a medical condition that could have contributed to the drowning, according to Fuller, who said it did not appear that alcohol was involved in the accident.

The Dadeville Police, Alabama Marine Police, Alexander City Rescue Squad, Tallapoosa EMS and Peckerwood Rescue Squad assisted in the recovery.

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