Former USM coach rescues 2 off boat

By The Associated Press

BAY ST. LOUIS — Former Southern Mississippi football coach Jeff Bower helped rescue two people off a burning fishing boat near Bay St. Louis on Saturday.

Authorities said that Linda Jordan and Robert Miller were fishing on the Jourdan River when their boat caught fire around 8 a.m.. Bower and a friend, Jerry Thigpen, were fishing in a nearby bayou nearby, saw the fire, moved in their 26-foot boat and pulled the two off the burning 36-foot vessel.

An investigator says the fire apparently was triggered by a mechanical problem.

Bower was head coach at Southern Mississippi from 1990 to 2007.