JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Pascagoula man, known affectionately as "Chickenwing," died Thursday on a fishing vessel called CC's Live Bait Boat.
Jeffery Lee, 44, worked as a deckhand on the commercial boat, but this Fourth of July trip was supposed to be fun.
A spokesperson with the Department of Marine Resources tells WLOX News a marine patrol team responded to a man overboard call about 7:30 Thursday night. Investigators say it appears Mr. Lee lost his footing and fell off the bait boat, then hit his head on a skiff that was being pulled behind the vessel.
Several crew members jumped in to the water, but by time they got the man back in the boat, Lee had already died.
Lee was not wearing a life jacket, and those on the boat told investigators at least some of the people on board were drinking. No illegal drugs were found, and it hasn't been determined if alcohol was a factor.
The case is currently being investigated by the DMR, the US Park Service, and the Coast Guard.
Mr. Lee's body was brought into Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula by a fishing vessel that was escorted by DMR Marine Patrol. Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus and an Acadian Ambulance Unit met the boat at shore.