Harrison County

Search will resume Wednesday for missing fisherman

Fisherman missing in Pass Christian Harbor

Officials are searching in the dark for a fisherman who was reported missing overnight in the city’s harbor.
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Officials are searching in the dark for a fisherman who was reported missing overnight in the city’s harbor.

The search for a missing fisherman, said to have fallen off the seawall in the city’s harbor, will resume at daybreak Wednesday.

Louverta Adams of Gulfport identified the missing man as her brother, Anthony Edward Palode, 60, of Pass Christian. She said he grew up in the Pass and is an avid fisherman.

Adams said she was holding out hope that Palode, reported missing about 2 a.m. Tuesday, would be safely found and that perhaps the missing man was misidentified.

“We’ve got to go through every avenue to find my brother,” she said.

Adams joined other family members on the pier of the Pass Christian Yacht Club as the search continued Tuesday.

Police Chief Tim Hendricks said he started calling boats in about 3:30 p.m. because the water was getting choppy. Some of the boaters had been on the water as many as 12 or 13 hours, he said.

Hendricks said Wednesday’s search is expected to be a recovery mission.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, a former rescue diver, came to the scene Tuesday morning and returned in the afternoon after handling other duties.

Hendricks said the incident happened about 2 a.m. and the search for the fisherman has been active since about 2:30 a.m.

Hendricks said the two fishermen who reported the man’s fall from the seawall were too far away to lend assistance and by the time they got to the area, they lost sight of the fisherman.

The Coast Guard joined police and fire officials as well as a team from the Department of Marine Resources in the search effort.

The search is centralized on the west side of the harbor near the yacht club. Efforts were hampered early by fog in the pre-dawn.

Sun Herald photojournalist John Fitzhugh and staff writer Robin Fitzgerald contributed to this report.

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