ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A St. Bernard Parish man was killed in what appears to be an accident involving a tractor he was attempting to load on a boat in the Violet Canal, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Eddie Beloso, 67, of the 3000 block of Bayou Road, was pronounced dead at the scene after detectives and members of the Marine Division retrieved Beloso's body and the tractor from the bayou.
Police say the accident happened around 11 p.m. Friday. St. Bernard deputies responded to a call about an overturned tractor in the Violet Canal off Packenham Road in Violet. When deputies arrived on the scene they met a witness who said he was there looking for his friend when he noticed his tractor upside down in the canal.
For reasons still under investigation, the tractor appeared to run off the road and into the bayou while Beloso was operating it. Footage from a nearby business surveillance system shows Beloso driving the tractor as it was submerged in the canal.
According to Beloso's wife, who last heard from him around 4 p.m., Beloso had gone to the location to load the tractor on a boat for transport to a local hunting camp. When she had not heard from him in a reasonable amount of time, she summoned a friend to go check on him.