LDWF Investigating Fatal Boating Incident In Jefferson Parish

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Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are investigating a boating incident that occurred on Saturday in Lake Pontchartrain near Metairie.

Officials say the accident was reported around 12:30 p.m. after a boater went missing in the lake.

According to reports, Ronald Taylor, Jr., 45, and a boat operator were trawling for shrimp when their trawl got snagged on the bottom of the lake.

As the boat began to take on water, the operator was able to put on a personal flotation device and swim to the shore to call for help.

Taylor was unable to put his PFD on before getting in the water and never resurfaced.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office says they are working to determine the cause of Taylor's death.

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