One dead, one missing following boating collision on Bayou Sorrel

Coast Guard calls off search for missing boater in Iberville Parish

IBERVILLE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Two men are safe, one man is dead, and another man is missing following a boating collision on Bayou Sorrel.

The incident happened around 10 p.m. on Feb. 10.

Search and rescue crews launched at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to search for the missing boater. Most of the search crews had left the crash site shortly after 12 p.m.

WAFB’s Matt Houston confirmed with law enforcement officials the search stopped around 2:30 p.m.

Sheriff's office calls off the search for fourth man in deadly boating accident

Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi says four men were traveling down the Intercoastal Canal Monday night in a large tug boat.

They took off in a smaller boat to go to Jack Miller’s Landing, a restaurant on Bayou Sorrel.

After their meal, they headed back to the larger vessel and the two boats collided somehow.

Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi on fatal Bayou Sorrel boating collision - RAW
A fatal boating collision happened on Feb. 11 on Bayou Sorrel.
A fatal boating collision happened on Feb. 11 on Bayou Sorrel. (Source: WAFB)

All four people went into the water, Stassi says. Two people swam to safety. IPSO deputies, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Coast Guard recovered one body just after midnight Tuesday morning.

Authorities have not recovered the body of the missing boater or the johnboat the men were traveling in.

Crews used sonar technology and by dragging the bottom of the bayou to search for the missing man.

Stassi says the four men are not from this area but were working for a company out of a Mississippi.

Sheriff Stassi says darkness probably played a role in the accident and the U.S. Coast Guard is the lead investigative agency in the case.

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