Teen drowns in OMSP Lake

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Armani Flowers, 17, drowned at Oak Mountain State Park June 20. (Reporter Photo / Emily Klein)

By JESSA PEASE / Staff Writer

PELHAM—The Shelby County Coroner’s Office confirmed that 17-year-old Armani Flowers drowned at Oak Mountain State Park June 20.

The drowning happened near the beach area near the lake at Oak Mountain where Flowers was swimming with his friends. According to coroner Diana S. New, there is a step in the lake that “usually catches people off guard,” and the Homewood teen wasn’t a very good swimmer.

Flowers stepped off the step and didn’t come back up. Park rangers, Pelham police and the fire department searched for about an hour before recovering the teen’s body.