JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - An Ocean Springs man on a fishing trip died Friday afternoon after he fell from his boat. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd identified the victim as Willie Lee Gaines.
Gaines and a friend were fishing on Black Lake in the Wade community. The friend told authorities that Gaines stood up in the boat, lost his balance and fell into the water. The friend jumped in and tried to rescue Gaines, but the sheriff said he could not lift his friend out of the water.
Authorities were called to Black Lake about 12:30 p.m. The Jackson County Sheriff's flotilla recovered the man's body just before 3:30 p.m.
Sheriff Byrd said Gaines was in his 60s and lived in Ocean Springs.
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