Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
METAIRIE, LA- Kenneth Mock, 58, went fishing every weekend, said family members. The Metairie man could have never known that's how he would meet his death.
"Mr. Kenneth was an avid outdoorsman, a great father, just an all around family man. He would give his shirt off his back for anybody," said Keith Andras, Mock's neighbor and family friend.
Mock was one of four people who died on a fishing trip Saturday. They were about three miles offshore in a sport fishing boat, near the South Pass entrance to the Mississippi River.
But when one of the engines failed, the boat filled with water, and flipped. Officials said no one was wearing a life jacket.
"According to Heath, the survivor, they had enough time to get life jackets out of the boat, but they were not able to get them on," said Lt. Eddie Skena, with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. "All the life jackets they were able to get out, they were all holding on to that, holding onto the boat."
Skena said the boaters were unable to alert anyone to what happened. And officials believe they spent several hours in 52 degree water before an offshore crew spotted them.
The lone survivor was, Heath Dowsey, 33, of Alabama. He managed to climb on top of the boat. But his father, Wayne Dowsey, 51, his uncle, Randy Dowsey, 58, and his uncle's girlfriend, Kerri Burns, 33, also of Alabama, lost their lives.
Mourners laid flowers Sunday outside the Alabama business owned by the Dowseys.
"It really is a terrible thing, you really don't think of that, when a recreational trip starts out as a great time to be with friends and family, and then when it ends like that, it really highlights what's going on, it was a terrible accident," said Skena.
Mock had invited Andras' grandfather to go on the fishing trip, but couldn't make he couldn't make it that day.
"My paw paw talked about it, said they were supposed to go catch tuna," said Andras. "I hate to think of something tragic happening to my grandfather."
There are still questions about why the engine failed, and why the boat capsized so quickly. And officials say, we may never know the answers, because the boat, now sunk in the gulf of Mexico, probably won't be recovered.
"Last night, the boat was marked and out in the Gulf of Mexico and it was in 300 feet of water," said Skena.
Meanwhile, a fishing boat still sits in Mock's driveway. And his family says, they take a little bit of comfort knowing he died doing what he loved.