Press Release

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Conservation Officers Rescue Boy from Drowning, Administer CPR

JACKSON-On May 26, 2014 at approximately 2:20 p.m., MDWFP Conservation Officers Corp. Travis McDonald and Corp. Marc McCleskey were patrolling the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Lowndes County.  As the wildlife officers passed under the Riverwalk in Columbus, McCleskey noticed three children franticly waving their hands at them.  McDonald turned the boat around to evaluate the situation.  One of the children informed the officers that his brother had gone under the water and had not resurfaced.  While McDonald operated the boat, McCleskey removed his duty gear and entered the water in an attempt to locate the child. On the third dive, McCleskey located the child, who was unresponsive, on the bottom of the river channel.  Once on the bank, McCleskey and McDonald alternated administering chest compressions; the victim began breathing.  EMS arrived on the scene and assisted with transportation to Baptist Memorial Hospital.  

Col. Steve Adcock, MDWFP Law Enforcement Chief, commends Conservation Officers McCleskey and McDonald for their diligence and determination to save this swimmer's life.  Adcock also stated that, "Most Mississippians have little knowledge of neither the training that Conservation Officers receive nor the amount of public service work they perform."


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