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EBR Coroner confirms man drowned in flood water

3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago August 12, 2016 Aug 12, 2016 Friday, August 12 2016 August 12, 2016 12:09 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

ZACHARY - The EBR Coroner’s Office has confirmed that emergency crews recovered the body of a man who drowned after he was swept away by flood water during a rescue attempt.

It happened in the 1700 block of Plank Road in Zachary. Early reports from first responders suggested that a 4-year-old child may have been washed away, but family members later confirmed that a 68-year-old man had fallen into a ditch and was swept away.

The coroner said they recovered a body and officially declared it a drowning. East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office deputies identified the man as 68-year-old William Mayfield.

Neighbors tried to rescue the man but said they were unable to save him from the water.

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