An exchange student from Kuwait lost his life on the Chipola River in Calhoun County over the weekend.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday, July 12, at 2:52 p.m., the CCSO received a 911 call reporting a drowning on the Chipola River at Johnny Boy Landing, located approximately 3 miles west of Altha off Hwy 274.
Upon arrival, Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputies met two citizens at the landing who advised authorities that they had located the drowning victim in approximately 10 feet of water. Captain Emory Godwin boarded the boat with the citizens and went to the area where the victim was discovered. Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office requested Calhoun County Search and Rescue to come to the location and shortly thereafter, the body was recovered.
The 19 year old male victim, identified by the CCSO after next of kin notification as Saud Alajmi, was one of several FSU students that visited the Chipola River on Saturday. He was from Kuwait.
Assisting Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office with his recovery were Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Calhoun County Search and Rescue, Altha Fire Department, and Calhoun County Emergency Medical Services.