UPDATE: Monroe County man drowns

By Journal Newspapers

A Monroe County man has died after his lawn mower flipped into a pond Friday morning. Thomas E. Rossi, a 73-year-old from Amory, was cutting grass behind a home.
Monroe County 911 received a call at 9:50 a.m. from a man that said Rossi had flipped into the pond and was not visible. Emergency crews pulled him out of the water after about 15 minutes of being submerged, and he was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was pronounced dead by hospital staff at 11:46 a.m.
The drowning is being ruled an accident by Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley, and other medical conditions could have been a factor in the accident.


By Charlie Langford
Monroe Journal

AMORY – A Monroe County man was in critical condition Friday afternoon after a mower he was riding rolled over into a pond.

Thomas Rossi, 73, 30067 Hester Cutoff Road, was transferred to North Mississippi Medical Center via CareFlight helicopter after Monroe County Search and Rescue Dive Team personnel pulled him from a pond behind his house, said Emergency Management Director Bunky Goza. The victim was revived at the scene after being pulled from 4 feet of water.

“He was found underwater in a private pond,” Goza said. Rossi had been cutting his grass prior to the accident.

E911 dispatchers first received the call at about 9:50 a.m. and Rossi was underwater for about 10 to 15 minutes, Goza said.

When rescue personnel arrived on the scene all they saw was the wheel of a riding mower above the surface of the pond.

After receiving treatment at the scene by MedStat personnel, Rossi was transported via ambulance to Highway 371 north of Highway 6 where the Monroe County Sheriff’s department had blocked the road for the helicopter to land.

Others responding to the original E911 call were the Cayson Volunteer Fire Department and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

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