Eight people hurt, one killed in boating collision

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A young boy, injured in a boating accident in Hancock County died and two other passengers on the boat he was in sustained injuries. Six passengers from the other boat suffered minor injuries.

According to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) two recreational boats collided head-on in Rotten Bayou near the Jourdon River north of I-10 in Hancock County on Saturday.

According to Hancock County Coroner Norma Stiglet the young boy was identified as Blake Richardson. An autopsy showed that multiple injuries caused by the impact resulted in his death. Stiglet stressed that drowning was not a factor in his death.

Richardson was pronounced dead at 11:35 p.m. Saturday at Hancock Medical Center.

Blake Richardson was riding with his father, Mark Richardson and his uncle, William Richardson at the time of the accident. William was operating the 19-foot Critchfield skiff. According to DMR Blake was the only passenger wearing a life jacket on the skiff.

The other boat, a 22-foot Boston Whaler, had six people onboard. The 22-foot Boston Whaler was operated by George Brower II. All six passengers were ejected from the boat at the time of the collision and sustained slight injuries.

Blake Richardson was picked up by an airboat operator and taken to Devil's Elbow in Diamondhead where they were met by Hancock County Sheriff's Department, Diamondhead Fire and Rescue and American Medical Response.

The accident is still under investigation by DMR's Marine Control and Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks. DMR has taken possession of both vessels and a blood test was taken on both vessel operators. Test results are still pending.

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