Widow of boating accident victim calls her husband a hero

Chris Webb (Photo source: The Webb Family)
Chris Webb (Photo source: The Webb Family)

By Jeff Lawson - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The investigation continues into the weekend death of a D'Iberville man. Authorities say that Saturday afternoon, 24-year-old Chris Webb was hit and killed by a boater trying to flee from the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on the Tchoutacabouffa River.

Conley Bernius, 26, also of D'Iberville, could face criminal charges in the case. It was Bernius's boat that struck Webb.

Chris Webb's 24-year-old widow, Kathy Webb, is mourning the tragic death of her husband.

"I want everybody to know he is a good man and he saved my son's life," Kathy Webb said.

Kathy and Chris had known each other since middle school in D'Iberville. They married on August 22, 2008. Saturday, the day Chris died on the river, was their one year anniversary.

An hour before the accident, Kathy had sent Chris a text.

"He never sent me a text back," she said. "The last time I heard from his was at 3:05pm. I had sent him a text saying, 'I love you.'"

That evening, in a phone call, Kathy learned her husband was dead.

"Horrible, the only thing that keeps me going is my son," Webb said.

That son is Chris's step-son. He is 4-years-old, and was on the small 15 foot boat with Chris Saturday. Authorities believe in the split second he had before the boat struck them, Chris managed to push the boy into the floorboard of the boat, and that probably saved his life.

Kathy had to tell her son the stepfather he adored, isn't coming home.

"I said, 'He is in heaven with the angels.' He said, 'Well, why take him?' I said, 'So you can be alive.'"

A part of Chris Webb will live on, Kathy is four months pregnant. When he heard the news, Chris was ecstatic.

"Oh yes, he was so excited, so excited. He would rub my stomach, and feel the baby."

Chris always told Kathy he hoped it would be a boy. Monday, just two days after the death of her husband, Kathy learned she will have a son. His name will be Chance Christopher Webb. His dad would be so proud.

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