Mary Kilpatrick / Houma Courier
A Thibodaux teenager died early Friday morning after he fell 16 stories from an Orange Beach, Ala. condominium balcony into a pool, Orange Beach Police said.
Challenge Talbot, 18, a recent graduate of E.D. White Catholic School either fell or jumped from a Turquoise Place condominium about 3:45 a.m. Orange Beach Police Chief Billy Wilkins said.
Talbot was staying in an apartment in the facility with friends, who “don’t have any idea of what happened,” he said. No one saw him fall, or jump.
There is no indication of foul play, but “we can’t say how he ended up in the pool,” he said.
It is not known whether Talbot had been drinking, Wilkins said. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending.
A couple walking up the condominium noticed Talbot’s body floating face down in the pool, and called police.
Talbot was a member of the E.D. White boys swim team, which won 2nd place at the state championship in November.
"It definitely means a lot to be up on the board. You know, the school keeps (athletic achievements) up on boards in the gym,” he said of the victory on Nov 29. “When I look up at that board, I can say that I was on that team and it means a lot," Talbot said of the win at the time.
Talbot also expressed a desire to stay involved with the team after graduation.
"They might win it next year, and I am thinking about coming back as an assistant coach,” he said. “I think I can get a ring with these guys in the next few years."