The body of an Adairsville man who was thrown from the boat he was driving Tuesday on Weiss Lake in Alabama was found early Saturday morning, Coroner Don Rogers said.

The missing man was identified as Jerry Marvin Coker, 68, of Adairsville.

Rogers said his body was found around 6:30 a.m. CDT near where the accident occurred. The cause of death will be listed as drowning, Rogers said.

According to reports, Coker apparently struck a log. A person who lives in the Savannah Place Subdivision area off Money’s Bend Road in Cedar Bluff called 9-1-1 stating that he heard a loud noise which he thought was a car crash.

The caller said he saw a person in the water circling the subject in a boat. He heard a cry for help and attempted to assist by traveling to the sight on his jet-ski. The man apparently already went under however.

Witness reports indicated that the man was not wearing a lifejacket and failed to use his killswitch. The boat later hit the pier and stalled in the water.

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