Body of missing boater recovered from Bayou Manchac
BAYOU MANCHAC - Search and rescue officials recovered the body of a missing Prairieville man from Bayou Manchac Friday morning.
Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office deputies and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents said they found the body of 23-year-old Allen Fitzgerald at around 8 a.m. about a mile from where investigators believe his boat sank.
Fitzgerald was boating on Bayou Manchac with a passenger in the front of the 12-foot bateau on the night of Apr. 27. LDWF and APSO investigators say the men were about three or four miles upstream from the Amite River when the boat began taking on water. According to the surviving passenger, neither of the men were wearing a life jacket when the bateau sank.
The front passenger managed to jump from the boat before it sank, but it is still unknown why Fitzgerald was unable to make it to shore. The passenger called 911 for help when he reached a nearby house, and search crews combed the bayou for signs of the man until 3 a.m. before operations were temporarily suspended. Fitzgerald's whereabouts remained unknown from Apr. 28 until this morning.
LDWF will lead further investigation into the boating accident.
News 2 will have more details this evening starting on News 2 at 4.