It has been a busy few days out on the water this holiday weekend. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (M.D.M.R.) and the Coast Guard were out in full force patrolling Gulf Coast waters, starting Saturday morning. The M.D.M.R. boarded 168 boats on Saturday and 229 boats on Sunday. They issued two boating-under-the-influence citations and several citations for boaters who did not have life vests on board, but for most boaters, it was smooth sailing this weekend.
Weldon Crawford, a boater, says, “Just came out here to go across to the island. We live over in the Slidell area in Louisiana. Came over today and had a great time. It was a beautiful day. We had been wanting to this for a while. Brought our little boat to scoot over there, and unfortunately had a little motor trouble on the way back, but a nice person gave us a tow in, and here we are.” The M.D.M.R. responded to an accident on the Biloxi River involving a boat pulling a tube. A 29-year old man was thrown off the tube into a pier. The M.D.M.R. assisted in getting the man to the Popps Ferry ramp and A.M.R. brought him to Biloxi Regional Hospital. He should be released sometime Monday.