9-year-old dies in river accident
By Dwayne Bremer
May 27, 2014, 18:53
A nine-year old boy was killed Monday in a boating accident on the Wolf River in Pass Christian, authorities said.
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said Monday that three children were on an inner-tube which was being pulled by a boat.
The boat apparently made a turn in a curve and caused the tube to hit a tree, she said.
The victim, Joseph Schmidt, 9, of New Orleans was killed by the impact with the tree, Scallan said. Also on the tube were Joseph's brothers, ages 11 and 13, respectively. They were not injured.
The boat was being steered by Schmidt's father, Frederick Schmidt, she said. Joseph's mother, Shannon Schmidt, was on the beach.
After the accident, Schmidt was taken to the River Landing boat launch near Menge Avenue, where an emergency crew loaded him into an ambulance and transported him to Garden Park Medical Center, where Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove declared him dead at about 5:15 p.m..
The accident is currently under investigation by DMR, Scallan said. DMR is also probing another incident that occurred ion the Biloxi River at around 4 p.m. Monday, Scallan said. 28--year-old Joshua Turnipseed was riding an inner tube being pulled behind a boat when the tube struck a pier, she said. Turnipseed suffered five broken ribs and three fractured vertebrae. He remained hospitalized at Biloxi Regional Medical Center at press time Tuesday. The driver of that boat, Michael Buckley, 29, was charged with negligent operation.
"Beginning with Memorial Day weekend, we see heavy boat traffic, and we urge drivers and riders to take every precaution to stay safe," said Rusty Pittman, acting chief of Marine Patrol.