Father drowns during fishing trip with son

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Posted: May 23, 2010 1:27 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: May 23, 2010 1:32 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Amite River, Livingston Parish, Magnolia Bridge, father, drowning

This morning rescue crews found the body of a man who drowned in the Amite River in Livingston Parish yesterday evening.

Officials with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office say Jose Ricardo Hernandez Chavez , of Denham Springs, La., was fishing with his 6-year-old son. Investigators believe the boy dropped his fishing pole in the water and was swept away by the current when he jumped in after it. Chavez jumped in the river and was able to rescue his son, but he never resurfaced, officials said.

Rescue crews found Chavez's body near the Magnolia Bridge, not far from where the two were fishing.

Officials believe a strong current may have caused the drowning.

News 2's Rob Krieger will have more on this story tonight at 5:30 p.m.

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