By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
An area man drowned in a private pond in southern Chickasaw County Saturday morning after falling out of a boat while fishing with a friend.
Chickasaw County Coroner Andy Harmon said the accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. Saturday in a pond off of Sparta Road near Sparta after Russell White, 63, of Cedar Bluff, fell into the water.
“He was fishing with a friend in a two-man boat when he fell out of the boat,” said Harmon. “That caused the boat to tip up and the other man fell in the water on the other side of the boat.”
Harmon said the friend swam around the boat and tried to save White, but had to swim to shore and call for help.
The Woodland Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call. Harmon said the other man had pulled White out of the water by the time emergency crews arrived. White was transported to Trace Regional Hospital and later pronounced dead.
Harmon said White was not wearing a lifejacket. He said he did not know if White could swim.
“My investigation is complete and it has been ruled an accidental drowning,” said Harmon. “It was a tragic accident that has affected a lot of people in this community.”
White was employed in the wood yard of Nabor Home Center. Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at Palestine United Methodist Church in Montpelier with burial to follow at Palestine United Methodist Church Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Houston Fire Department responded to two separate vehicle accidents Sunday afternoon.
Jonathan Blankenship, with the Houston Fire Department, said the first accident occurred about 4:35 p.m., with emergency crews responding to the intersection of Highway 32 at Highway 15 at Wesley Chapel.
Blankenship said two vehicles collided at this intersection but no one was transported from the scene.
The second accident was more serious and sent a motorcycle rider to North Mississippi Medical Center in serious condition.
Blankenship said that accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 8 and Martin Drive, east of Houston.
Blankenship said emergency crews responded to that call at 5:36 p.m.