Gulfport Man Drowns In River

Rescue crews began searching for Cecil Saunders around 12:30 a.m. Witnesses told Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove that Saunders had been drinking at Daffy's On the River for several hours when he decided to jump into the river fully clothed.

Saunders' body was found about 80 feet offshore at the bottom of the Biloxi river. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

The Biloxi Police Dive Team, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, the Mississippi Marine Patrol and the Department of Fish and Wildlife worked together on the search and rescue effort.