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EBRSO: Man drowns in Amite River after day of drinking

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BATON ROUGE - Dive crews with the East Side fire department pulled 25-year-old Jason Kristopher Hamilton Jr.'s body from the Amite River Monday evening.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff deputies said Hamilton was drinking at a friends' house before he drowned.

"As we understand it, there was alcohol involved," EBRSO spokesperson Casey Hicks said.

But at this point, it's undetermined if alcohol was the main reason Hamilton went under, Hicks said.

"It appears that he went under for possibly exhaustion. We are not exactly sure. The coroner's office will conduct an examination as well, but right now, it looks as though he was in a clear area about 20-25 feet from the dock," Hicks said.

Three people were swimming with Hamilton when he went under.

"I thought he was faking drowning because he did his whole thing like he could swim and so I swam away and he didn't come up for six minutes," Kimberly McKey said.

She claimed Hamilton knew how to swim and believed he got caught on a trout line which pulled him under.

Deputies said Hamilton was found in a clear spot of the river.

 

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