Power line placement near Yacht Club questioned

Power line placement near Yacht Club questioned

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.

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