Witness: Man falls off boat and it hits him

ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - The body of a man was found early Monday morning after he fell off a boat and was possibly hit by it Sunday evening.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries identified the victim as Matthew Green, 28, of Baton Rouge. Wildlife and Fisheries is the lead agency investigating the incident.

Adam Einck with LDWF said his body was discovered around 2:45 a.m. He added the body was turned over to the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office for autopsy.

The incident happened on the Amite River Diversion Canal near St. Amant in Ascension Parish around 7 p.m. According to agents, a witness said Green was on a jet ski and the witness was on a boat, when the two decided to switch positions.

The witness reportedly added Green apparently bumped the throttle when he tried to get on the boat and fell into the water after losing his balance. According to LDWF, the boat then hit Green.

"This is actually our fourth or fifth drowning in this area in the last five years, so it's just a tragedy," said St. Amant Fire Chief James LeBlanc. "A lot of people like to hit the waterways on the Memorial Day weekend and this is just one of those tragedies we're having to deal with tonight in the St. Amant community."

LeBlanc urged others to be safe while on the water for the remainder of the holiday.

"We got another day of Memorial Day and if you're going to hit the waterways, just be cautious, be careful and just understand that accidents happen and there's a lot of people that, you know, when accidents like this happen, there's a lot of people that hurt from it," LeBlanc explained.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Amant Fire Department and the Gonzales Fire Department Dive Team conducted the search.

The investigation into the deadly boating accident is ongoing.

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