MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says a man fishing with friends along the Mississippi River Sunday morning somehow went underwater and never came back up.
The fisherman’s body was found several hours later.
SCSO is conducting a full investigation after an exhaustive search led to the discovery of the body of a man who was fishing along the Mississippi River. Investigators say preliminary investigation reveals this may have been a tragic accident.
“This is a tragedy and we always have to remember to keep the victim and the families in our prayers,” said John Morris, public information officers for SCSO.
The agency is offering condolences after the body of a Hispanic man was found along the river.
The sheriff’s office says they received a call around 7:30 Sunday morning that a man fishing near a popular sandbar had somehow been swept underwater.
“He was fishing with friends on that sandbar back there and probably went out a little bit too far and got pulled under,” said Morris. “Obviously this is the time to reiterate water safety.”
A man who was here at the time told WMC, off-camera, that the man had gone into the water to retrieve his fishing hook.
The man didn't know how to swim and fell in the water.
“There’s a barge going across right now,” said Morris. “I mean this is a very active river and you just have to be careful at all times.”
SCSO says in the past month another man drowned in the Loosahatchie River and another young boy was rescued from the Mississippi River.
While we were at the sandbar, multiple families were enjoying time on the sandbar with several people, including children swimming in the river without life jackets.
During the hot summer months, the sheriff’s office is reminding everyone to pay extra attention to water safety measures, and be particularly careful near the Mississippi River.
“Look at the Mississippi, it seems tranquil but it’s a mean body of water and you always have to use water safety,” said Morris. “Wearing safety vests or being far enough onshore if your fishing. The water is very dangerous and you have to use every precaution you can.”
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says six different agencies responded to the water rescue call Sunday morning with 50 law enforcement officers on scene and three different boats searching for the man.
Officials have not yet publicly identified the man.