10-year-old drowns in Bayou Lafourche

View from on top of the bridge
View from on top of the bridge
View from below the bridge
View from below the bridge

NAPOLEONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - According to the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office, a 10-year-old boy drowned in Bayou Lafourche in Napoleonville, LA Friday afternoon.

Officials with the Sheriff's Office say a call came in just after 11 a.m. reporting a possible drowning. There were five boys ranging in ages from 9 to 15, fishing at the footbridge between Highway 308 and Highway 1.

"It was a dare or something, where two kids decide to strip down to their underwear and jump into Bayou Lafourche," said Capt. Bruce Prejean.

According to reports, the 10-year-old boy and the 13 year-old boy decided to jump into Bayou Lafourche. The 10-year-old went in, came up in distress and then went back under and never resurfaced.

A third person did go in for the 10-year-old but did not find him.

The boy's body was recovered around 1:15 p.m. just feet from where he jumped in.

Michael Molliere lives across the street from the bridge.  He says it used to be railroad tracks.  Eventually, crews turned it into a bridge so children could walk to school.  In fact, the location is where he grew up, which is why he knows the bayou needs to be off-limits to swimmers.

"It's not safe to swim in it. It really isn't. We did it when we was young of course, but that didn't make it right," said Molliere.

Bayou Lafourche is anywhere between 3 and 7 feet deep. Officials believe where this child went down was where the level dropped to 6 ft.

Bayou Lafourche is muddy, murky water with mud at the bottom of river. It's not recommended to jump in bayou Lafourche or go swimming.

Foul play is not suspected.  The boy's name has not been released.

Napoleonville, LA is about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge.

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