Divers have recovered the body of boater believed to have drowned on 12 Mile Bayou Wednesday afternoon.
SFD Assistant Chief Fred Sanders says the fire department responded to a reported drowning along the bayou in the 700 block of Dowling Street at 3:21 p.m., where they were directed by witnesses to the location of where the victim went into the water.
Sanders says SFD and Caddo Sheriff's Office divers went out in boats and set up a perimeter for recovery operations that took over an hour. The victim was recovered at 4:50 p.m.
The victim, a 34-year old black male, was fishing in a kayak with two friends when the boat began to sink. The name is being withheld pending notification of family. Sanders says neither the victim nor the survivors were wearing life jackets.
Wildlife and Fisheries Captain Richie McCarthy confirms unopened cans of beer were found in the kayak or "pirogue." He explained because the boat doesn't have a motor, the surviving individuals in the boat couldn't be charged with a D-U-I, had they been drinking.
According to McCarthy preliminary investigations show there was too much weight in the pirogue, forcing it to flip.
The accident remains under investigation by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The cause of death is being investigated by the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office.
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