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JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – The body of an Alabama man who tried to rescue his dog in a lake was recovered on Sunday, authorities said.

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Jeffrey S. Abston, 65, of Albertville, drowned in Lake Guntersville while trying to rescue the animal, reported. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said it began a search shortly after Abston fell into the water, according to the news outlet.

“(Abston) exited a pontoon boat to assist in the retrieval of a dog but never resurfaced,” ALEA said in a news release.

ALEA Sgt. Jeremy Burkett said that Abston left his boat at about 8 p.m. CDT in the South Sauty area of Jackson County, WTVM reported. He never resurfaced, authorities said.

Abston’s body was found on Sunday at about 9:20 a.m. CDT near the area where he went overboard, according to WHNT-TV.

It was unclear whether the dog survived.

An investigation is ongoing.