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Search continues for missing mother after boat capsizes in Pearl River


Search and rescue crews found one of the two missing adults lost in the Pearl River after their boat capsized Saturday.

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, search crews found the body of 41-year-old Terry J. O'Keefe around 8 a.m. this morning. Crews are still searching for 31-year-old Jonie R Morgan, whose three children were rescued from the accident.

LDWF agents say that the 14-foot aluminum boat capsized while going over the lock after the boats operator was unable to start the vessel.

Officials say that a 16-year-old boy who was fishing in the area at the time of the accident immediately jumped in and saved two of the children, 8-year-old and 6-year-old boys. He then grabbed the t-shirt of the woman who was holding onto the third child, a 4-year-old girl, before the woman and child were taken away by a current. Another fisherman on the bank then went into the water and was able to get the 16-year-old, as well as the boys he rescued, to safety.

The 4-year-old girl was found alive underneath the overturned boat a short time later. Authorities say she was under the boat for half-an-hour, but could breathe.

The children were taken to the hospital as a precaution according to the St. Tammany Parish Fire Department.

Crews are still searching for Morgan, the children's mother.

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