Power line placement near Yacht Club questioned - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Power line placement near Yacht Club questioned

Doucet has been transferred to a hospital in Augusta, GA for treatment of the severe burns on his body. (Photo source: WLOX News) Doucet has been transferred to a hospital in Augusta, GA for treatment of the severe burns on his body. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

As John Harrison Doucet fights to survive, family friend Tim Holleman has one question: How could this happen?

Actually, Holleman has dozens of questions about how Doucet’s sailboat came in contact with an overhead power line, shocking and severely burning him Sunday outside the Gulfport Yacht Club. According to online updates on his condition, doctors had amputate Doucet’s legs.

Tuesday, he was transferred to a hospital in Augusta, GA for treatment of the severe burns on his body.

Holleman told WLOX News he’s asking the questions no one wants to discuss - why power lines are placed in an area where sailboats with tall masts are regularly parked. Satellite imagery on Harrison County’s website shows power lines stretching across the southwest corner of the yacht club parking lot with boats parked below the lines.

After learning about Doucet’s accident, Holleman, a longtime member of the Gulfport Yacht Club said he wanted to understand what happened.

“I got in my car and rode down there to see it for myself," said Holleman. “You don't put power lines where you know boats will be parked. Somebody wasn't paying attention in this case. There are rules about this. People that are smarter than me that are supposed to know better." 

WLOX News asked Mississippi Power about the positioning of the lines and the company released a statement say, “We are conducting a full investigation of the incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family at this time”

Doucet’s friends remained focused on supporting his recovery. In one day, a GoFundMe account has raised more than $100,000 for his medical care. 

“I've know this little boy since he was born. I'm mad that it happened and how senseless that is. I'm still angry about it.” Holleman added. 

Copyright 2016 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Pedestrian struck by truck on Highway 90

    Pedestrian struck by truck on Highway 90

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:22 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:22:10 GMT
    A pedestrian was hit by a truck while attempting to cross the road near Highway 90, police say. (Photo source: File)A pedestrian was hit by a truck while attempting to cross the road near Highway 90, police say. (Photo source: File)
    A pedestrian was hit by a truck while attempting to cross the road near Highway 90, police say. (Photo source: File)A pedestrian was hit by a truck while attempting to cross the road near Highway 90, police say. (Photo source: File)

    A person was hospitalized after being struck by a car near Highway 90. 

    More >>

    A person was hospitalized after being struck by a car near Highway 90. 

    More >>
  • Gulfport High student to represent MS Gulf Coast in Iceland

    Gulfport High student to represent MS Gulf Coast in Iceland

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:52 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:52:04 GMT
    Antonio Green prepares for week long trip to Iceland to study environment. (Photo Source: WLOX)Antonio Green prepares for week long trip to Iceland to study environment. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    From Gulfport, to Reykjavik. Gulfport Junior Antonio Green is set to take the trip of a lifetime, all thanks to the NAACP. 

    More >>

    From Gulfport, to Reykjavik. Gulfport Junior Antonio Green is set to take the trip of a lifetime, all thanks to the NAACP. 

    More >>
  • City of Gulfport prepares for heavy rainfall

    City of Gulfport prepares for heavy rainfall

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:26 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:26:48 GMT
    The city has also set up self-serve sandbag stations at several locations. (Photo source: WLOX)The city has also set up self-serve sandbag stations at several locations. (Photo source: WLOX)
    The city has also set up self-serve sandbag stations at several locations. (Photo source: WLOX)The city has also set up self-serve sandbag stations at several locations. (Photo source: WLOX)

    The City of Gulfport is taking no chances with the predicted heavy rains this weekend. In fact, they've already set up several areas where residents can fill sandbags. 

    More >>

    The City of Gulfport is taking no chances with the predicted heavy rains this weekend. In fact, they've already set up several areas where residents can fill sandbags. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly