Boating Accident in Jackson County

A scary moment on the Pascagoula River this morning as a Vancleave fisherman, Randy Emmons, was airlifted to USA Medical Center after a boating accident.
Randy Emmons is a commercial fisherman. He sets off from a boat launch in Jackson County several times a week. Raymond Wade, a friend of Emmons, said, “Normally, he’s by himself. He usually comes in the mornings, pretty early, and goes ahead and gets his stuff done.”
Today is a day he will never forget. Emmons’ morning routine took a turn for the worst. Sheriff Mike Ezell said, “He was going down the Pascagoula River and, as I understand, he hit a log which threw him face first into the bottom of his boat, in which he hit his face and sustained an injury.”
Emmons was conscious enough to call 911 and relay his location. From there, Acadian Ambulance Services, Jackson County Office of Emergency Services, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and Baptist Life Flight formed a search plan. Frank Duke, operations supervisor of Acadian, said, “We were able to locate him about 4 or 5 miles north of the Cumbest Bridge up the river there. Then we were able to transport him from his vessel to a vessel with the Office of Emergency Services and then across the river to a waiting helicopter.”
His injuries were non-life threatening. He was still airlifted to USA Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama for further examination.
“It scared me when I saw all the stuff up there when I got here,” said Wade, “When you see it, you know something’s happening and you always wonder who. And I guess if you know them it makes it that much worse.”
Sheriff Mike Ezell tells News 25 Emmons is now in stable condition at USA Medical Center.

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