PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - After nearly 48 hours of searching, authorities say they have recovered the body of a man who is believed to have drowned Sunday in Pascagoula.
Grady “Buck” Williams, 54 of Moss Point, was launching his boat the Pascagoula Point Park around 3 p.m Sunday when he lost control of the vessel and it drifted away into Yazoo Bayou, said police.
After putting personal items in his truck, authorities say Williams was seen on surveillance video going into the water to swim across the bayou to his boat. He went under and never resurfaced, said police.
Multiple agencies and volunteers responded Sunday to begin recovery efforts to find Williams, including the Jackson County Sheriff Department’s flotilla, as well as boats from Pascagoula Police, Department of Marine Resources, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Williams’ body was recovered on Tuesday in Yazoo Bayou, using the help of helicopters, boats, water drones, sonar and other tools.
“We’ve also had sonar including LiveU,” said Patrick Brandle with Pascagoula Police Department on Monday night. “A lot of the volunteers that we have actually have bass boats and LiveU is very popular and common. I guess thats the newest technology that they are using on the bass boats. It’s actually helped in the attempt to locate the body under the water.”
Monday’s rain and wind, as well as the morning fog, made the search even harder for crews. However, the Pascagoula Police Department is thanking all agencies that assisted and the residents who came out with food, drinks and prayers for the first responders and Williams’ family.
Williams served as the Gautier District Manager for Singing River Electric, where he was employed for nearly three decades.
“Buck was a true leader,” said Singing River Electric Cooperative General Manager and CEO Brian Hughey. “He was kind, fiercely loved by both his family and his Singing River family, and this has been a shock to all of our employees.”
Williams started his career on a Singing River Electric right-of-way crew before hiring on permanently in 1993. He is greatly respected among his coworkers and in the community.