Body of missing Baton Rouge boater recovered

Body of missing Baton Rouge boater recovered

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries with assistance from other agencies, recovered the body of a missing boater from Baton Rouge. The body of 85-year-old Donald Tabb, was found Saturday around 10:30 a.m. near the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River, which is about 10 miles from where he was reported missing, according to a Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson.

Tabb, along with 86-year-old John Frey of Magnolia, Texas and an unidentified man from Baton Rouge were on a 27-foot vessel about a half mile from South Pass in the Gulf of Mexico, when it capsized around 7 a.m. on May 2. The unidentified man was able to grab Frey and bring him to shore, but Frey was pronounced dead on scene by a medical examiner.

The Plaquemines Parish Coroner will perform autopsies on both Frey and Tabb to determine the cause of death.

The spokesperson adds that none of the three men had personal floatation devices on at the time the boat capsized. Agents are working to determine what caused the boat to capsize.

Assisting LDWF Agents in the search were LDWF Wildlife Division staff and personnel with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office.

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