VERBENA, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Power Company says a longtime employee has died in a tragic accident.
52-year-old Robert Lynn Courtney, a hydro journeyman at Mitchell Dam died Tuesday morning at the the hydro generating plant near Verbena. The Associated Press reports that Courtney's body was pulled from the Coosa River by several Chilton County sheriff's department divers just before noon.
Courtney was a 35-year veteran of Alabama Power, spending the last 20 years on the job at Mitchell says Alabama Power in a statement released to the media.
The company is still trying to determine exactly how Courtney died, and says the dam was not generating power at the time of the accident.
"Anytime there is a loss in our Alabama Power family...our employees are devastated," said Jane Ellis, spokeswoman for Alabama Power.
Courtney's family has been notified of the accident, "...our thoughts and prayers are with them," Ellis said.