PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents are investigating a boating accident that left a 61-year-old River Ridge man dead. The incident occurred Saturday around 9:20 a.m. about 12 miles south of Port Sulphur. The victim has been identified as Gary Folks.
According to a Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson, two men were traveling in an 18-foot boat south of Port Sulphur when the watercraft lost steering for unknown reasons and crashed. The crash caused both men to be ejected from the boat. One of the men, identified as a 73-year-old from Metairie, was rescued by a passing boater. PPSO deputies transported the man to shore where he was evaluated by EMT's.
Police say that Wildlife and Fisheries boats and a United States Coast Guard Helicopter joined a boat and helicopter from the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office's Marine and Aviation Division in the search for Folk.
The body of Gary Folks was recovered at 1:30 p.m. near the location where he went into the water.
According to police, investigators learned that neither of the two men were wearing life jackets at the time of the crash.
The investigation into the incident continues.