Man dies after collapsing in Copiah Co. creek - - Jackson, MS

Man dies after collapsing in Copiah County creek

COPIAH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Copiah County authorities rushed to the scene of what initially appeared to be a drowning.  It happened around 2:45 p.m. where the Copiah Creek and the Pearl River meet alongside Highway 27, south of Georgetown.

Sixty-nine-year-old James Clarence Knight of Georgetown was pulled from the water and rushed to Hardy Wilson hospital in Hazlehurst.  He was later pronounced dead. Coroner Ellis Stuart concluded the man did not drown.  Stuart said the man died of natural causes, possibly a heart attack.

"He is known to have had a bypass last year. He had chest pains last night.  He was in the creek today, but it doesn't appear this is a drowning.  He was in the water, but we think he had a cardiac arrest.  He was pulled out of the water by the people he was there with and we responded from that point on," said Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones.

Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones praised the first responders, Bethel and Georgetown Fire Departments, whose crews got to the scene before the Sheriff's Department and the Coroner.

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