Man dies in Bayou Boeuf accident
The body of a 38-year-old Houma man was found this morning by search crews after the man went missing Sunday morning following a boating accident on the Intracoastal Waterway near Bayou Boeuf, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Spokesman Adam Einck said
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries received a call about 9 a.m. Sunday regarding a single-vessel incident in the Intracoastal Waterway near the intersection of Bayou Boeuf in St. Mary Parish, Einck said.
An aluminum skiff boat that was carrying Wallace Bailey Jr., 38, of Houma, and Wallace Bailey Sr., 64, of Morgan City, encountered a wake causing the vessel to take on water. Both men were ejected into the water, and the vessel sank, Einck said. Neither occupant was wearing a personal flotation device, Einck said.
Witnesses were able to rescue Wallace Bailey Sr. soon after the incident occurred, he said. Wallace Bailey Jr. went under the water and never resurfaced, Einck said. Search crews from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office searched all day Sunday and into this morning, he said. At about 6:30 a.m. today, crews found the body of Wallace Bailey Jr. near where the vessel had sunk, Einck said. His body was turned over to the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office.
The sheriff’s office received a report of the boating accident at 8:28 a.m. Sunday, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Detectives with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division immediately launched a search and rescue operation along with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Coast Guard, the release stated.
The investigation was turned over to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, according to the release.