Search suspended for missing boater

Louisiana

SABINE PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The search has been called off for the night for a man whose truck was found idling on a Toledo Bend boat ramp Tuesday afternoon, his boat adrift.

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office says they were unable to find any signs of the man after searching 100 feet out from the launch area. They expect to resume and expand the search at daybreak and bring in sonar equipment.

According to Sabine Parish Deputy Ron Rivers, witnesses in the area became alarmed after they noticed the truck had been idling for a few hours with no one around and called the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office around 5 p.m. After searching the area and finding no sign of the man, they turned to concentrate their search in the water.

Police say he was launching the boat by himself, and the water is about 20 feet deep in the area they were searching. They also said they found his wallet, keys, and everything else inside the truck.

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries were called in to assist in the search, along with a dive team from the Central Sabine Parish Fire and Rescue and additional assistance from North Sabine Parish Fire and Rescue.

The man has not been identified, but Rivers says he is not from Sabine Parish. He was believed to have been heading out to fish on Toledo Bend ahead of a tournament coming up this weekend.

Rivers says the boat wasn’t attached to a lead rope, and it’s possible the man drowned while attempting to retrieve it when it started to drift away.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Clear

Abbeville

59°F Clear Feels like 59°
Wind
8 mph E
Humidity
75%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

A few clouds. Low near 55F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
60°F A few clouds. Low near 55F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
6 mph SE
Precip
10%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Last Quarter
Clear

Crowley

60°F Clear Feels like 60°
Wind
15 mph ESE
Humidity
72%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mainly clear. Low near 55F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
60°F Mainly clear. Low near 55F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
6 mph SE
Precip
10%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Last Quarter
Clear

Opelousas

57°F Clear Feels like 57°
Wind
8 mph SE
Humidity
74%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Partly cloudy skies. Low 53F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
60°F Partly cloudy skies. Low 53F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
6 mph SE
Precip
10%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Last Quarter
Clear

Breaux Bridge

60°F Clear Feels like 60°
Wind
5 mph ESE
Humidity
67%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

A few passing clouds. Low near 55F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
60°F A few passing clouds. Low near 55F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
6 mph SE
Precip
10%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Last Quarter
Clear

New Iberia

59°F Clear Feels like 59°
Wind
12 mph SE
Humidity
83%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Partly cloudy. Low 53F. Light southeast wind.
54°F Partly cloudy. Low 53F. Light southeast wind.
Wind
4 mph SE
Precip
0%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Last Quarter

Local News

More Local

Sidebar

Trending Stories