Mississippi prep football player drowns while fishing – USA TODAY High School Sports

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A Mississippi high school football player drowned late Friday afternoon while fishing with friends.

Melvin Mangum was  pulled by emergency responders from Primos Lake in Flowood, Rankin County Coroner David Ruth confirmed. Mangum was a Murrah High (Jackson) student and football player.

Mangum, 18, drowned after the small boat he was in with  a friend overturned, Flowood Police Chief Richie McCluskey said. Mangum had gone fishing with three friends and was in the boat with one of the  men. The boat capsized after one of them caught a fish, and  Mangum was unable to swim to shore. The other men tried to save him but could not, McCluskey said.

The Flowood Police Department was notified at 4:25 p.m. The Flowood Fire Department found Mangum in the lake, brought him to shore and immediately began performing life-saving measures but were unsuccessful.

Mangum was going into his senior year. A cornerback, he had 37 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and six pass deflections last season. He returned one of those fumbles for a touchdown.

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