Body of missing boater found in Tickfaw River

Body of missing boater found in Tickfaw River

SPRINGFIELD, LA (WAFB) - The body of a missing boater has been found in the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish, according to authorities.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reported the body of Daniel Jones, 42, of Holden, was located around 11:30 a.m.

Officials said he and a woman were boating near the Leisure Landing south of Springfield on Sunday around 4 p.m. when they were thrown from a 15-foot bateau while "coming out of a turn in the river."

According to LDWF, the woman swam to shore but Jones never resurfaced. They were not wearing life vests, LDWF added.

In addition to Wildlife and Fisheries agents, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office deputies and Livingston Parish Fire Department firefighters searched for Jones.

They searched until 10 p.m. and then picked it back up first thing Monday morning.

Officials added Jones's body was found near the spot where he was reported missing.

LDWF is still investigating the deadly boating incident.

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