The Sabine Parish Coroner’s Office says a Newton man drowned in the waters of Toledo Bend Reservoir very early Sunday morning, and they believe it happened as the result of him becoming entangled in heavy-duty fishing line. 21-year-old Kenneth D. Adams was pronounced dead shortly after midnight at the scene of the incident, which was at the spillway on the Louisiana side of the dam.
KSLA 12 News in Shreveport is reporting that Coroner Ron Rivers said that Adams had the fishing line wrapped around him when his body was discovered, and they believe that it limited his ability to move.
According to Rivers, Adams and his girlfriend went to the spillway to fish at about 7:00 Saturday evening. Rivers said at some point Adams walked to another location to fish, and a short time later his girlfriend and a relative heard a splash in the water, but no other sounds.
Rivers said it was discovered that Adams fell from a five-foot ledge into water that was about six-feet deep and had a strong current. Adams’ girlfriend jumped into the water in a brave, but sadly futile attempt to save him.
His body was found at the bottom in about six feet of water which was only about four-feet from shore.