Search for Missing Fisherman in Pass Christian
Pass Christian was the site of an all-out search for a man who disappeared out into the Gulf as he was fishing before dawn. The search drew out a local family who looked on in desperation, hoping the missing man wasn’t one of their own.
News 25’s Laurene Callander was there during the search and shares their story.
Search crews on land, sea, and air were out in full force in Pass Christian before dawn, battling darkness and fog looking for a fisherman who fell off a pier around 2:30 this morning. Authorities also reached out to possible relatives of the missing man. Nephew of the missing fisherman Curtis Brown said, “I got the call this morning that I needed to come down here, that it’s a possibility that it may have been him because his bicycle was found. I’m here, along with my mother and my sisters and my cousins and everybody. We’re right here just hoping that it’s not him.”
Curtis Brown and his family watched with anticipation well into the day as the Pass Christian police and fire departments, U.S. Coast Guard, search dogs, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the DMR and the dive team actively searched for the missing man.
The Brown family believes that missing man is their relative, 60-year-old Anthony Palode, a Pass Christian resident and avid fisherman. “He’s just a wonderful person. Everybody loves him. I mean, he loves to fish. He’s just an all-around great guy,” said Brown.
Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks said, “Two other fishermen on the opposite side of the sea wall saw him fall in and immediately tried to run all the way around and throw him something in the water. They lost sight of him and reported it to Harbor Patrol.”
Crews desperately searching for the missing man as the Browns looked on in agony, searching for answers of their own. “It’s kind of hard, not knowing. We’re going to pray that it’s not,” said Brown.