World War II vet drowns in reservoir - - Jackson, MS

World War II vet drowns in reservoir

MADISON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - We now know the identity of a man who died Friday while catfish grabbing.

Emergency crews responded to a campground area of the Ross Barnett Reservoir off Mississippi 43 near Safe Harbor Marina.

Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland says that's where 85-year-old Cecil Payne died while underwater trying to catch a catfish with his bare hands.

According to the coroner, he was in the water with friends when they realized he had not surfaced and were unable to find him.

The Rankin County resident, a Marine in World War II was featured in March of last year on the Veterans History Project on WLBT. Payne was also a licensed pilot. An autopsy will determine if he drowned or suffered a heart attack.

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