LDWF agents investigating fatal boating incident in Claiborne Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Claiborne Parish that occurred on Sept. 18.

Agents were notified around 6:30 p.m. about a boating incident that resulted in the death of Ronald Sexton, 68, of Ruston, on Lake Claiborne.

According to the operator of a ski boat, he said he was on Lake Claiborne travelling north a little after 6 p.m. when a 16-foot bass boat being operated by Sexton hit the back side of his vessel. Sexton was ejected from his vessel.

The operator of the ski boat and the operator and passengers of a nearby pontoon boat were able to get Sexton out of the water and into the pontoon boat. They called for an ambulance and took him to shore. Sexton was then taken by ambulance to a helicopter for transport to the LSU Health Shreveport hospital. Sexton had suffered serious trauma from the boating collision and was pronounced dead while in transport.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident. Sexton’s body was turned over to the Claiborne Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

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