The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Marine Division spent much of Sunday (Jan. 8) searching the waters of Lake Pontchartrain for a missing boater.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday the Causeway Police Department contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a 12-14 foot Boston Whaler boat was found floating under the bridge near the 23-mile marker. The boat was unoccupied.
The registered owner of the boat told deputies a friend, 44-year-old “Billy” Coile of Mandeville, had borrowed the boat to go fishing Saturday (Jan. 7) afternoon. His pickup was located Sunday morning at the Mandeville Harbor.
Deputies with the STPSO Marine Division, with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, searched the area of the lake between the Mandeville shore and the Causeway bridge until dark Sunday.
The search will resume at daylight on Monday (Jan. 9) morning.
If anyone has information that may help in locating Coile, they are asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338.