Officials say man accidentally drowned after falling out of boat

TERREBONNE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said the body of a man who fell out of a boat was found and his death has been ruled an accidental drowning.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office reported Rigardo Dominguez, 19, of Texas City, TX, fell out of a boat in the area of Grand Caillou Bayou Thursday. Deputies received the call about the incident around 7 p.m.

According to deputies, several witnesses said they saw him fall overboard. Detectives began an investigation and determined there was no foul play involved.

The TPSO water patrol and US Coast Guard began searching for Dominguez after getting word about the incident. They were on the water several hours but did not find him.

Deputies reported a fisherman happened upon the body early Saturday morning while checking his skimmers and contacted the sheriff's office. Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said the TPSO water patrol was less than a mile from the area when the fisherman reported the find.

Authorities reported the Terrebonne Parish Coroner's Office performed an autopsy later that morning and determined Dominguez accidentally drowned.

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