Vicksburg fisherman drowned at Ross Barnett, autopsy finds

Published 11:43 am Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An autopsy has confirmed drowning as the cause of death for a 50-year-old Vicksburg man who died in a fishing accident Saturday in the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Christopher Scott Ingraham, 436 Tucker Road, was bass fishing with his wife and was knocked overboard when his boat hit a submerged tree stump, family members said.

His body was sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab.

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Autopsy results received Monday afternoon were “consistent with drowning,” said Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland.

After Ingraham’s wife reported the accident, the reservoir patrol dive team searched unsuccessfully in chilly, 50-degree water until the search was called off for the night.

A multi-agency team of about 50 people resumed the search Sunday morning, recovering the body just after 10 a.m.

Ingraham was not wearing a life jacket, officials said.