Recovery efforts underway at Rez after man didn’t return to surface

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RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A recovery effort is underway at the Ross Barnett Reservoir after a 33-year-old man did not return to the surface after saving a child Sunday evening.

According to Rankin County EOC Director, witnesses said Justin Perkins jumped in the water to rescue his child, who was saved.

As of Monday morning, Perkins’ body was located. Crews have been unable to reach him due to water risks.

An emergency fundraiser has been set up for his family.

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