Drowning victim at the Pearl River weir was from Picayune

Published 7:00 am Thursday, July 10, 2014

The victim involved in a boating accident at the Pearl River weir has been identified.

According to a press release from the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office the man was identified as 45-year-old James Mann of Picayune. His cause of death was listed as asphyxia due to drowning or accidental drowning.

According to a previous story in the Item, Sgt. Sean Beavers with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Department said the department responded to a call of two individuals being ejected from a boat when it flipped Saturday on the weir. The weir is a part of the river where water in the Pearl River is diverted towards Louisiana. The cause is fast moving water, which is dangerous but used by first responders to conduct specialized training.

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Emergency responders arrived that day to find only one of the two men had resurfaced, the second, Mann, did not, the story states.

A search for Mann took place the rest of the day Saturday, all day Sunday and Monday morning when they found his body at 7:45 a.m., the previous story states.

“This tragedy and the accidental drowning of a 5-year-old boy last Friday underscore the dangers of water recreation,” said St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston in the release.  “While the summer months are an active time on St. Tammany’s hundreds of miles of waterways and in swimming pools throughout the community, we should all use every possible precaution.  Our sympathies are with Mr. Mann’s family and friends, and I commend the emergency responders who worked so tirelessly in this search and rescue.”