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Three boaters killed, boat missing after incident at Toledo Bend

1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago Sunday, August 01 2021 Aug 1, 2021 August 01, 2021 11:29 AM August 01, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

TOLEDO BEND - Three people died in a deadly boating incident on Toledo Bend, a popular fishing destination along the Louisiana-Texas border.

Wildlife and Fisheries agents said the bodies of the three boaters have been recovered and identified them as Paul L. Murphy Jr., 46, of Opelousas, Joseph L. Sam Jr., 44, of Opelousas, and James F. Young, 40, of Lafayette.

Agents said they were notified around 10 a.m. July 31 that the boaters were late returning from a boating trip.  The men launched a 14-foot boat around 10:30 p.m. July 30. 

The boat is missing, agents said Sunday.

Murphy's body was found July 31 around 12:35 p.m. with a life vest. The bodies of the other two individuals were found the next day without personal floatation devices, agents said.

The agency said it's unknown what happened to cause the men to enter the water.  It's believed their boat sank. 

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