Authorities continue search for missing boater

Published 12:19am Friday, May 17, 2013

WOODVILLE — Authorities in Wilkinson County are expected to begin a third day of searching for a missing boater this morning.

The search for Quinton Barrow, 21, of Fort Adams, began Wednesday morning after the boat he and a friend — Bo Nettles, 29 — were in overturned in the southern part of the Buffalo River.

“The two gentlemen were going out fishing, setting out trotlines,” Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald Jackson said. “Apparently, when they got out in the water they hit some unknown object in the water, and it tossed them out of the boat. One of the guys — Nettles — was able to swim to safety and the other one — Barrow — was unsuccessful. He had on some boots and apparently his big boots got filled with water.”

Nettles tried to pull Barrow from the water, Jackson said, but was not able to find him after the victim became fully submerged. Nettles contacted the sheriff’s office from a camp in the area where the boat overturned at 9:24 a.m.

The search for the missing fisherman continued until dark Wednesday evening and resumed at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Jackson said.

The sheriff said divers and sonar boats from Madison County were used in the search, and the river was dragged as well.

“There is a lot of underbriar in the water, and it is very thick, so it is making the search really difficult for the divers,” he said.

Nettles’ sister Jennifer Barrett said it was not unusual for the two men to run trotlines.

Nettles received cuts and bruises in the accident but is otherwise OK, Barrett said.

Jackson said Madison and Pike counties, West Feliciana Parish, the Department of Homeland Security, Southwest Search and Rescue, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana State Penitentiary assisted in the search Wednesday and Thursday.