Body of Baton Rouge pastor Donald Tabb recovered after boating accident

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The body of a Baton Rouge pastor missing since a boating accident on May 2 was found in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday afternoon, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Donald Tabb, 85, was found about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, about 10 miles from where he was reported missing.

On Wednesday, May 2, officials with the LDWF said a 27-foot boat capsized, throwing three men into the water. The one survivor was able to retrieve 86-year-old John Frey, of Magnolia, Texas, and get him to the shore. Frey was pronounced dead by a medical examiner on the scene.

Tabb went under the water and never resurfaced. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Friday, May 4.

Tabb founded The Chapel on the Campus in 1972 and led the church until 2001 when he became pastor emeritus, according to the church's website.

Frey and Tabb's bodies were turned over to the Plaquemines Parish Coroner's office to determine an official cause of death.

The LDWF continues to investigate this accident.

Officials say none of the men were wearing personal flotation devices at the time of the incident, and it remains unclear what caused their boat to capsize.

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