MDMR Marine Patrol Conducting Investigation of Boat Accident

12-63-CWS | September 17, 2012

BILOXI, Miss. —The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) Marine Patrol and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) are conducting an investigation of a fatal boat accident that occurred early Sunday morning near the eastern tip of Deer Island.


Between 6:20 and 6:25 Sunday morning, a 23-foot, center-console fishing vessel struck an unidentified object that caused the outboard motor to break free from the stern and flip into the boat. The propeller struck the victim, Mark Barhanovich, in the back. Mr. Barhanovich was transported to Ocean Springs Hospital by Acadian Ambulance, but died en route.


The emergency call came in to MDMR Marine Patrol at 6:39 a.m., Sunday; MDMR Marine Patrol officer Matt Kasovich responded.


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