1 dead, 1 missing following knee boarding accident

By The Associated Press

PASCAGOULA — Authorities say a Pascagoula High School sophomore is dead and another student is missing following an accident on the Pascagoula River.

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus identified the dead teen as Caleb Sweeten. Officials said Sweeten, who played football for the Pascagoula Panthers was knee boarding Sunday with another teammate, Brandon Rich.

Authorities tell WLOX TV say the two reportedly got swept into a current and sucked under a barge.

Authorities will resume searching for Rich’s body on Monday.

Sheriff Mike Byrd said the accident happened in the Pascagoula River just north of the Highway 90 Bridge.