Teen who drowned in Grand Isle was Ponchatoula HS athlete

Teen who drowned in Grand Isle was Ponchatoula HS athlete

GRAND ISLE, LA (WVUE) - Coast Guard, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and the Grand Isle Fire Department on Monday found the body of a teen who went missing in the vicinity of Grand Isle State Park on Monday.

The victim, 16-year-old Travon William Robertson, was found Monday afternoon. He was last seen Sunday swimming from the rock jetty to the first piling at Grand Isle State Park.

His mother said the teen was swimming with friends near the rocks when he was pulled beneath the waves by the undertow.

"Just a regular family trip with his friends turn so tragic we weren't even here an hour yet," Cabrina Robertson, the teen's mother, said. "His friends came up and they said, 'We can't find Trey, he went under, we saw him go under,' and he held on and bobbled up five or six times. He didn't stop coming up, but he kept fighting."

The Coast Guard and other agencies began a search effort Sunday, but the boy's body washed up near the beach where he drowned early Monday afternoon.

"I have closure now, but I'm gonna miss him," Robertson said. "My Christmas won't be the same, my holidays won't be the same, my summers won't be the same."

Chief Euris Dubois warned the rocks near the beach in Grand Isle State Park can be dangerous.

"Barataria Pass at the state park, they have a lot of current along the rocks, I would tell these people not to go along the rocks at either pass because the undertow will get you. You cannot control it once you go down, and if you do come back up you're lucky," Dubois said.

Travon Robertson was preparing for his sophomore year at Ponchatoula High School, where he played football as a freshman. His family said he will be laid to rest this weekend in Hammond.

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