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Signs going up to warn swimmers of a dangerous stretch of the Pearl River

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LEAKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Leake County officials are warning swimmers about a dangerous stretch of the Pearl River. Earlier this week, a 14 year old drown while swimming there.  

The spot where that drowning happened on the Pearl River near highway 35 in Carthage. It's a very popular swimming hole but even more dangerous according to officials.

There's a steep drop off, in a curve of the river, and that's where the drownings occurred. 

Officials say there is an undercurrent that can pull swimmers under. The Pearl River Basin development district is now planning to post signs warning swimmers of the danger.

Cillo Cotton tried to save the drowning boy.

"You could just see the fear on his face and he just got sucked under," said Cotton. "And I just stayed out there, hoping I could grab him. I threw a line out there, hoping he could grab on to it. I guess the current took him. 

Leigh Ann Magee works with Lifecare EMS in Carthage. She said this is not the first drowning that's occurred here. 

She says every summer, paramedics are called there after swimmers get swept under. Some survive but some don't. 

She's very thankful those danger signs are finally going up.  

Mike Davis, Executive Vice President of the Pearl River Basin Development District inspected the area Wednesday, in efforts to figure out the best placement for the signs.

"We've talked to the department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks and were talking about putting up four different signs, leading into this area, and next to the river and make it large enough where you can see."

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