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LDWF releases name of boater killed on Calcasieu Ship Channel

Coast Guard searching for missing boater
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Updated: Jul. 3, 2019 at 3:53 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released the name of a man killed when he was ejected from a boat on the Calcasieu Ship Channel early Wednesday morning.

The body of Joseph J. Bergeron, 34, of Sulphur, was recovered around 11:30 a.m., according to Adam Einck, public information officer with Wildlife and Fisheries.

Bergeron and another person were in a 23-foot vessel heading south on the Ship Channel, Einck said.

Einck said the other person told authorities Bergeron was ejected into the water when the vessel hit a dredge pipe near Hackberry around 3:30 a.m. Bergeron was not wearing a personal flotation device.

Guy Stansel, a Hackberry fishing guide, says this is due to improper lighting.

“These pipes are not lit up," Standel said. "Guys drive at night I know an incident that happened about five years ago and luckily nobody was hurt. Sounds like it might not be the case this time.”

The other occupant stayed in the vessel and was able to get a call out for help. The other occupant in the vessel sustained some injuries and was taken to the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital.

Bergeron’s body was turned over to the Cameron Parish Coroner’s Office.

Wildlife and Fisheries is leading the investigation. The U.S. Coast Guard, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office and the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search.

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