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D’Iberville man who drowned off private pier identified

A D’Iberville family is mourning the loss of a loved one after an afternoon turned to tragic on...
A D’Iberville family is mourning the loss of a loved one after an afternoon turned to tragic on Tuesday.(Andres Fuentes)
Published: Jun. 15, 2021 at 9:36 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 7:12 AM CDT
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D’IBERVILLE, Miss. (WLOX) - A D’Iberville family is mourning the loss of a loved one after an afternoon turned to tragic on Tuesday.

The elderly man went missing Tuesday after he disappeared into the water, said police.

Around 4 p.m., first responders were called to the home near Talley Street and Seventh Avenue.

“The wife saw her husband go under, saw him come back up and then she lost sight of him,” said D’Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne.

Six different agencies rushed to the scene ready to help find the man.

“We had some Sea-Doos out here, DMR had their boats out here. We also used some sonar equipment, some underwater equipment, an underwater drone,” said D’Iberville Fire Chief Gerald Smith.

Just after 5:20 p.m., officials said they recovered the body of the missing man.

Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer identified him as 71-year-old Kirk Kennedy.

With temperatures warming up and more people cooling off in the water, emergency officials are warning people to be cautious when swimming.

“We certainly hope not to see any more of this during the summertime but you know it does happen,” Smith said.

“You just got to be careful when you’re out on the water. Know your limitations,” Payne said.

While the swimmer’s name has not been released yet, authorities do ask that you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

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