MISSISSIPPI SOUND (WLOX) - After suspending their search overnight, officials are continuing to look for a man who fell overboard while boating in the waters of South Mississippi.
45-year-old Marc Cruso reportedly fell off a recreational boat near the northeast side of Cat Island, which is south of Gulfport and Long Beach. Authorities say Cruso was wearing a pink muscle shirt and jeans when he went overboard on the leisure boat around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Search and rescue efforts were suspended overnight, but resumed at daylight Sunday morning.
Fisherman Butch Shoemaker became concerned the moment he found out the man fell over into the water just miles away from one of his favorite places, the long Beach Harbor.
Shoemaker says the unusually rough tides could have been responsible for Cruso falling out the boat in the first place.
"Anything can happen to you. He could have fell off and hit his head in the water, hit his head anything. I've been around boats a good bit and it's just always freak accidents that happen," said Shoemaker.
Sources say Cruso may not have been wearing a life jacket during the accident.
"Anytime it gets rough, it would be smart to have a life jacket on because at any given time something could happen," added Shoemaker.
According to officials, Coast Guard cutter Stingray is aiding in the search, as well as an additional 45-foot vessel and a helicopter. DMR also has three boats and a dive team assisting with the search.