Search and rescue crews found the body of a River Ridge man Saturday afternoon, just hours after he apparently was ejected from his boat on Rattlesnake Bayou in Plaquemines Parish.
According to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Gary Folks, 61, of River Ridge, died after losing steering control of his boat and being ejected into the water.
The single-boat incident happened about 9 a.m. in Rattlesnake Bayou about 12 miles south of Happy Jack. According to the surviving passenger, when Folks lost steering control, the boat turned violently and both men were ejected into the water.
The passenger was able to get away from the unmanned circling boat and made it to shore, but never saw what happened to Folks, the release states.
Search crews recovered the boat, which eventually grounded itself into the bank of the bayou, according to the release. Folks’ body was recovered about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device, the release states. Folks’ body was turned over to the Plaquemines Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.