9-year-old boy drowns in North Mississippi creek

By Janice Broach - bio | email

BYHALIA, MS (WMC-TV) - A young boy drowned tonight while trying to save his cousin from the waters of a North Mississippi creek.

Michael Nunnally, 9, was pulled from the water Thursday night just south of Byhalia, Mississippi.

Three adults along with the Nunnally and other young boys were fishing from a bridge.  Family members arrived at the scene horrified, hoping the 9-year-old boy would be found alive.

Search teams with boats arrived to search for Nunnally.  His brothers, who had been with him, cried as relatives walked them to a car.

Michael Nunnally, his two brothers and a cousin were fishing with three adults.  Major David Cook of the Marshall County Sheriff's Department said the boys were in the shallow end of the creek water.

"His cousin was in the water and appeared to be having difficulty in the water," Cook said.  "He went in to assist him, actually pushed him back towards the shallow end of the water and got to the deeper end of the water."

One of the adults tried to rescue Nunnally but could not.  Investigators said the creek was 25-feet deep in parts.

Deanna Turner, Nunnally's teacher, said he was a vivacious child interested in everything.  He also loved to draw.

"He was the type of student you had to keep giving him something to do because his mind was always busy," Turner said.  "Just a sweet kid all the way around."

It took an hour and a half to find Nunnally.  Relatives said he could not swim.

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