Identities Of Two Workers Killed During Demolition Project Released

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says two marine salvage specialists killed Tuesday during a demolition project at a hurricane-ravaged coast casino had drowned.

Hargrove identified the men as 49-year-old Tim Fitzgerald, of Newport News, Virginia, and 48-year-old Miguel Hidalgo-Soberano, of Cardenas Tabasco, Mexico.

Two autopsies showed that the fumes inside the hurricane damaged barge caused the two men to pass out. When they fell in about five feet of water, they drowned.

The men were both pumping water out of a damaged Grand Casino barge Tuesday afternoon when they disappeared. Gulfport rescue teams found their bodies trapped inside the toppled barge.

The workers were employed by Dominion Marine Group of Norfolk, Virginia. They were part of a marine team working with PRC Environmental, the Houston based company dismantling the barge. Crews began demolishing the battered barge about two weeks ago.