Sabine Parish authorities have identified a man who drowned Monday afternoon in Toledo Bend Reservoir.
He is 71-year-old Philip LeBlanc, a Port Barre native who has a residence in Sabine Parish, according to a statement released by Sabine Assistant Coroner Ron Rivers.
LeBlanc and his wife were at their Sabine Parish residence when he went fishing about 2 p.m.
A fisherman who was passing by later saw LeBlanc's empty boat but did not know anything had happened, Rivers said.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office received a report about 4:30 p.m. about a fisherman missing from his boat in the Pirate Cove area.
Searchers found LeBlanc's body about 6 p.m. in about 20 feet of water.
He was wearing a back brace and no life vest.
Evidence indicates that he was standing in the front of the boat when he fell forward into the lake, Rivers said.
"It is believed that, due to recent back surgery and wearing no life vest, that Mr. LeBlanc had accidentally drowned."
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