Deputies with the STPSO Marine Division, assisting Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, recovered the body of the missing boater at approximately 7 p.m. Monday. The body was located in Lake Pontchartrain, just east of the Causeway bridge.
The body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office, who will make a positive identification and a determination on cause of death.
U. S. Coast Guard also assisted with the search.
The man was not wearing a life vest at the time of the incident.
“As we enter the active boating season, I urge everyone to please wear a life vest every time they are on a boat,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “They save lives.”
One subject is missing after a boat capsized in Lake Pontchartrain Memorial Day afternoon.
Shortly before 3:30 p.m., members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Marine Division were dispatched to Lake Pontchartrain in reference to a capsized boat.
The boat, a 31-foot twin inboard/outboard motorboat, was occupied by six adults when another boater observed it flip and begin sinking just west of the cabins at Fontainebleau State Park. Five of the occupants had been rescued by other boaters prior to deputies’ arrival, but one occupant, a 32-year-old male, is unaccounted for.
Deputies with the Marine Division are assisting Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries as they continue to search the area of Lake Pontchartrain near Mandeville, looking for the missing boater.