Search crews are working to recover the body of a Good Hope man who drowned in Smith Lake on Memorial Day, law enforcement officials said.

Frankie D. Cruce, 60, drowned as he attempted to retrieve a canopy that fell from his boat, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) said in a news release. The incident occurred on Smith Lake near Miller’s Flats.

The agency asked boaters to avoid the area while search and rescue crews use sonar equipment to search for the man.

ALEA's Marine Patrol Division is assisting Daphne Search and Rescue, Logan Fire and Rescue and Cullman County Fire and Rescue in the search and recovery effort.

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