Luverne woman dies in boating accident

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 17, 2006

A Luverne woman is dead after an apparent boating accident on Gantt Lake on Saturday, June 10.

According to the Alabama Marine Police, 32-year-old Amy Lynn Pouncey was pronounced dead after divers recovered her body near the Valley of Shiloh section of Gantt Lake.

The accident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. off F.M. Jones Road.

&#8220The driver was towing her son behind the boat, with two other ladies in the boat,” Sgt. John Bozeman of the Alabama Marine Police said. &#8220He fell off, and when they turned around to get him, Pouncey fell over the left side of the boat and into the water. It appears at this time that she was struck by the boat.”

Pouncey was seated on the front deck of a 2004 Bass Tracker boat at the time of the accident and was not wearing a life vest.

&#8220From what I could see, she didn't have any life threatening injuries,” he said.

&#8220It was just an accident. She wasn't killed from being struck, but when you're knocked unconscious and face down in the waterŠa life vest could have saved her life.”

There was no indication that alcohol contributed to the accident, he said.

Divers searched for more than 19 hours before recovering Pouncey's body at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

&#8220That is often the case when someone goes down like that,” he said. &#8220Unless you know the exact site, you have to grid and work from a center point out.”

Assisting in the recovery process were officers from the Covington County Sheriff's Office, Andalusia Police Department, the Andalusia Rescue Squad, Alabama Game and Fish, Opp Fire and Rescue, Houston County Search and Rescue, Okaloosa County Search and Rescue and Escambia (Ala.) County Search and Rescue.

Henry Money, owner of Chicken Shack in Luverne, said that Pouncey had worked at the restaurant for the last four years. She worked there on Wednesday nights and weekends. She was also employed at Hicks, Inc., Monday through Friday.

&#8220She was always so happy and vivacious,” Money said. &#8220She never complained. She was so well-liked by all of the customers.”

Pouncey's co-workers agreed with Money that she always had a smile for everyone.

&#8220When she would walk in the door, we would say, ‘Hey, Amy,' and she would always tilt her head, grin and say, ‘Howdy!'” Money said.

The staff of The Chicken Shack said that Pouncey &#8220loved Jeff Gordon.”

&#8220She loved the races at Talladega,” Money said. &#8220She was a big Jeff Gordon fan.”

&#8220This is just too sad for all of us here right now,” he added. &#8220We are still in shock about it and can't believe that she is gone.”

Pouncey was from Crestview, Fla., and she will be buried there next to her father. She leaves behind three sons.

Managing Editor Regina Grayson contributed to this article.