Three 14-year old boys identified after drowning in Biloxi River

The bodies of Travis Roberson, Javonte Johnson, and Eric Smith Jr. were recovered Thursday evening

Three 14-year old boys drown while swimming in Biloxi River

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - Authorities confirmed three bodies were pulled from the Biloxi River Thursday after responding to a report of a drowning.

Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer confirmed Travis Roberson, Javonte Johnson and Eric Smith Jr., all 14 years of age, were pulled from the water Thursday evening. Their causes of death were determined as accidental drownings.

A police officer comforts a grieving family member after three teenage boys drowned Thursday in the Biloxi River while swimming with friends.
A police officer comforts a grieving family member after three teenage boys drowned Thursday in the Biloxi River while swimming with friends. (Source: WLOX)

Switzer said it appeared a larger group was at the Dedeaux Park area off River Road in Gulfport when one boy began struggling in the water. Another boy entered the water to help him but also began to struggle. A third boy tried to help the first two, but all three went under the water and didn’t resurface.

Roberson was recovered around 5:15 p.m., Johnson was recovered around 5:30 p.m. and Smith was recovered just after 7 p.m., according to Switzer.

Authorities are responding to a report of a possible drowning in Gulfport Thursday afternoon.
Authorities are responding to a report of a possible drowning in Gulfport Thursday afternoon. (Source: WLOX)

Authorities received the initial report of a possible drowning just after 4 p.m.

Several agencies, including the Biloxi Police Department, Mississippi Marine Patrol and The Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, responded to the river to aid in the recovery.

Divers search for 3 teenage boys in the Biloxi River (Gulfport)

Posted by Joyce Philippe WLOX on Thursday, August 1, 2019

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