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Missing boater located in Tchefuncte River

Authorities were able to locate a missing boater that was reported missing on April 9 in St. Tammany Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STPSO) deputies and the U.S. Coast Guard were alerted about a missing boater around 9 p.m. on April 9 in the Tchefuncte River.  The search party responded to the scene immediately and had to halt the search due to poor weather conditions around 2 a.m. on April 10.

Authorities resumed the search at first light on April 10.  A good Samaritan found the missing personal watercraft (PWC) in the Tchefuncte River around 10:30 a.m. on April 10.  STPSO deputies then found the missing 26-year-old female around 11 a.m. with only her head above water while wearing a life jacket.

She was transported to the boat launch where emergency medical services brought her to the Lakeview Regional Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.