FILE - In an Aug. 16, 2010 file photo, shrimpers haul in their catch in Bastian Bay, near Empire, La., on the first day of shrimping season. Efforts to protect endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico have prompted strenuous complaints from the dwindling fleet of shrimpers blamed for drowning them in their nets, who say their own livelihoods are threatened. By next March the federal government wants about 2,435 shrimp boats, most run by mom-and-pop operations, to install turtle-saving gear in their nets to protect the turtles, whose survival has gained renewed concern after BP's catastrophic 2010 Gulf oil spill. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file)
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) -- 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.
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