Missing boat located, boater still missing in Bayou Manchac

Missing boat located, boater still missing in Bayou Manchac

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials say the missing boat that sank in Bayou Manchac was found around 4 p.m., about five miles downstream from where the boat capsized.

Allen Fitzgerald, 24, of Prairieville, went missing when his boat sank on Bayou Manchac on Monday around 9 p.m. The search for Fitzgerald was called Tuesday evening after 8 p.m. It resumed Wednesday around 6:30 a.m. Sgt. Randy Lanoux with the LDWF said Monday's heavy rains have created a swift current in the water, which prevents divers from being used at this time.

Officials believe the boat floated down Bayou Manchac to the Amite River, where crews found it hung on some pylons.

He added crews are continuing to search for Fitzgerald's body.

Fitzgerald's passenger said the two of them were in a 12-foot bateau about three or four miles upstream from the Amite River when the boat began to take on water.

The passenger managed to jump off the boat, swim to shore and call 911 for help. What may have happened to Fitzgerald is currently unknown. The passenger admitted neither he nor Fitzgerald were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.

The LDWF is leading the search, assisted by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

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