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River drowning triggers local response

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WATSON - A day after Jacques Demare, 21, drowned while tubing down the Amite River, residents in the area are asking for more eyes on the water to keep the river cleaner and safer.

Aaron Ott has lived on the edge of the water for nearly a decade.

"I have a two-acre sandbar and they leave a lot of trash on the sand bar, tubes left on my sandbar, and you know it's really not peaceful like it was before the tubing came along," said Ott.

He'd like to see more patrols on the water to keep the noise down, limit litter and keep tubers safe.

"It needs to be patrolled better than it's being patrolled, with better enforcements out here so the drownings don't happen, so everyone can have a safe place to tube," said Ott.

An autopsy is expected to show whether or not the drowned man was intoxicated when he died.


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