UPDATE: Missing Slidell boaters found safe in Bayou Lacombe

UPDATE: Missing Slidell boaters found safe in Bayou Lacombe
Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office resumed their search Monday morning (June 8) for two missing boaters. Ted Roach, 35, and Jennifer Lingoni, 31, left out of Salt Bayou near the Rigolets in Slidell at approximately 1 p.m. Sunday (June 7). (Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office)

SLIDELL, La. (WVUE) -Two boaters reported missing Sunday were found safe Monday afternoon, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Ted Roach and Jennifer Lingoni were found around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

They were found sitting on the porch of a camp near Bayou Lacombe and were brought to a nearby boat launch, where they were checked by medical personnel and found to be in good condition.

Roach and Lingoni told deputies their boat sunk in the Rigolets Sunday afternoon and they spent Sunday afternoon and Sunday night clinging to one life jacket before they made it to shore at Goose Point sometime Monday morning.

They then swam across a marsh area and sought refuge at the camp until they were located.

The two left out of Salt Bayou in Slidell around 1 p.m. Sunday (June 7).

They were expected back by 1:30 p.m.

They were in a 20-foot skiff with a light-colored top and a 90 horse power Yamaha outboard.

As Tropical Storm Cristobal was approaching the Louisiana coastline, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, that the two boaters had not returned as planned.

The STPSO Marine Division, assisted by U.S. Coast Guard and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries personnel, searched until dark on Sunday.

The conditions on the lake eventually became too dangerous, and the search was suspended until this morning.

The Coast Guard helicopter searched through the night with no sight of the vessel, and STPSO Marine units resumed their search at first light on Monday morning.

Anyone with information on the two people or skiff is requested to contact Coast Guard Sector New Orleans at (504) 365-2209 or 911.

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