Alabama man who drowned in Biloxi identified

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An Alabama man taking video while Hurricane Zeta came ashore in Biloxi has been identified as the person who drowned near the Broadwater Marina.

Fifty-eight-year-old Leslie Richardson had been watching the storm Wednesday evening. Richardson called for help about 7:30 p.m.

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Police tried to reach him in their military style vehicles, but the water on U.S. 90 was already over the vehicle’s hoods.

As rescuers were searching for him, Ricardson told dispatchers that he was going to leave his vehicle because it felt like it was beginning to float away.

The victim planned to head toward HWY 90 in search of higher ground.

At that point, dispatchers lost contact with him.