Crews find body of man thrown from boat by wave

Crews find body of man thrown from boat by wave

ST. MARY PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said the body of a man who disappeared over the weekend, when he was thrown from it after hitting a wake, was found Monday morning.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported the body of Wallace Bailey Jr., 38, of Houma, was found around 6:30 a.m. Officials said it was discovered in the Intracoastal Canal near the intersection with Bayou Boeuf.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office said it received a report around 8:30 a.m. Sunday that a boater on Bayou Boeuf was missing. Detectives with the sheriff's office's marine division immediately launched a search and rescue operation.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and US Coast Guard were called to assist and the investigation was turned over to LDWF.

According to reports, witnesses said Bailey was in a small aluminum skiff with his father. The victim was reportedly operating the boat with a hand tiller steering motor. Investigators said witnesses added the boat crossed a wave and quickly turned, throwing both men into the water and sinking the boat.

LDWF reported witnesses pulled the elder Bailey out of the water but the younger one went under and didn't resurface.

Investigators added neither man was wearing a life jacket. Bailey's body was turned over to the St. Mary Parish Coroner's Office.

The investigation is ongoing.

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