Posted: Jul 25, 2011 5:14 PM by Rachel Frost, Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 25, 2011 6:15 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says search crews have found the body of a 27-year-old Livingston man whose uncle's body was found a day earlier in the Mississippi River near Donaldsonville.
Spokesman Adam Einck says the body of Joshua Peters was pulled from the water about 8 a.m. Monday in East Baton Rouge Parish, just south of Baton Rouge.
Joshua and his uncle, 58-year-old Larry Peters, of Slaughter, went fishing on the river Saturday in a 14-foot flat-bottomed boat. Tugboat workers reported Larry Peters' floating body Sunday morning.
"I spoke with the mother of the younger man that passed away and she told me herself, the biggest fear she had at this point was that we would not be able to find the body," Lt. Dennis Bueche, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said.
Their deaths bring the number of boating fatalities this year in Louisiana to 31, Einck said. He said that's 10 more than the total for all of last year, and only one fewer than the total in 2009.
Neither man was wearing a life vest when their bodies were found. A safety measure, that officials say, along with a few simple preparations, can save lives.
"Let people know when you're going, when you're going to be, when you're supposed to be back," Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said.
Wildlife agents continue to look for the aluminum boat.
Einck said both bodies will be autopsied to determine the cause of death, Joshua Peters' by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office and Larry Peters' by the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office.