*report From MS News Facebook page*
Driver drowns after vehicle and boat trailer sink into Pearl River On August 20, 2022 at approximately 11:40am, Tri-Community Fire Department was dispatched to Hwy. 44 Extension at the Pearl River Boat Ramp for a vehicle that had went down into the river with the status of the driver unknown. After fire units arrived on scene with the help of several civilians and fire units with boats, fire units began searching the banks of the river for the victim while waiting for sonar equipment. Once sonar equipment arrived and launched into the river, units were quickly able to locate the vehicle. A dive team in conjunction with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, TCFD, and Beal’s Collison was able to retrieve a pickup truck and boat trailer from the river.
After searching the vehicle for the driver, Sonar teams searched the water near the riverbanks for the driver. While searching the water, fire units were able to locate a male victim believed to be the driver who was deceased.
Tri-Community Fire Department would like to extend our gratitude to the citizens that helped with boats along with the other departments that responded; Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Beal’s Collison, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Morgantown Volunteer Fire Department, Foxworth Volunteer Fire Department, MS Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, Lawrence County EMA, and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. This is an on going investigation by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fishery, and Parks and the Marion County Coroner’s Office.