Man who drowned in Wolf River remembered by loved ones

Man who drowned in Wolf River remembered by loved ones

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - A Pass Christian man who was pulled from the Wolf River this past Sunday has now died. Matthew Landry had been on life support since he and his friends spent the day on the Wolf River last Sunday.

His grieving family remembers the 25-year-old son, brother and friend who drowned near the banks of that unforgiving river.

"Always smiling outgoing. Doing anything you know? He enjoyed life," said Barbara Landry who is Matthew's mom. "And when he was a little baby. I'd take him to the beach. He'd go over and see a whole bunch of kids around and he'd go get right in the middle and sit down and talk to them," Landry said.

"Matthew was a very upbeat, easy going person. Oh he'd give you the shirt off his back," said family friend Kristie Karl.

Each loved one is missing the special man and their hearts hurting for a man they called Matt. During one sunny, Sunday afternoon, Landry and a group of friends spent the afternoon at a popular swimming hole along the Wolf River called Bells Ferry.

"They say he went down to hold his breath and he never come back up, but then they said that he was also jumping off the bridge once or twice, but that was 45 minutes prior to that," said Karl.

Karl said friends were able to administer CPR and hear a faint heartbeat. But even that wasn't enough to keep the aspiring chef alive for long. Landry's mother speculated her youngest son's drowning was associated with his epilepsy. Just a few months ago he suffered a seizure. However, officials said that doesn't appear to be related to what they are calling an accidental drowning.

Now Landry's mother has a warning to others enjoying the Wolf River.

"Please be careful. Don't horse around. Just be careful. Cause I don't want nobody else's parents to go through what I'm doing. It ain't easy at all. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I'm supposed to go before my son," said Landry.

Officials said they've worked several drownings over the years at Wolf River. The family is seeking help to cover Matthew's funeral. An account at Woodforest Bank has been set up under the name: Barbara Landry.

Also a fundraiser will be held this Saturday starting at 8 a.m. next to Keith's gas station at the Pass Harbor. Landry's visitation is scheduled for Monday at Riemann Funeral home in Long Beach from 1 to 2 p.m.

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