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Drydock worker's body found in Harvey Canal

Published: May. 16, 2012 at 9:21 PM CDT|Updated: May. 30, 2012 at 5:21 PM CDT
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Drydock business on Destrehan Avenue in Harvey (Jessica Holly)
Drydock business on Destrehan Avenue in Harvey (Jessica Holly)

A worker at a marine repair business drowned Wednesday after an accident on the Harvey Canal.

Deputies responded around 3:00 Wednesday afternoon to Total Marine Service of Jefferson on Destrehan Avenue in Harvey.

"First responding officers met with workers at a dry dock marine repair business on the Harvey Canal who reported a co-worker, who was working along the waters edge between a barge and a small tow boat jumped into the water to retrieve the tow boat that drifted away from where he was working," reads a news release from JPSO.  "The witness told police he threw a life preserver to the worker in the water, however, he was unable to retrieve it.  After going under, he never resurfaced."

JPSO identified the victim as 47-year-old Randy Harris of Avondale.  His body was pulled from the water early Wednesday evening.