Authorities say a 15-year-old boy was killed after getting stuck in a winch on a shrimping vessel off the Mississippi coast.
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Brenda Doris tells WLOX-TV that it happened Saturday about 9 p.m., just south of Horn Island.
She says the victim sustained a severe head injury. A deck hand on the Nettie Q tells WLOX that the scene was horrific.
Sam Loftus says he and the crew were checking their nets and the teen was working on the winch. He says he threw a hook to catch the net when he heard the winch's cable going out. He says the teen was already caught and that maybe his baggy shorts caused him to get stuck.
A winch is a device used to pull in or let out cables on a boat.