One Dead, Another Injured After Boat Capsized in Louisiana Lake

One man is dead and another injured after a boat capsized in Lake Pontchartrain Thursday morning.

A skiff boat and crew were overdue at a Slidell harbor as of Thursday morning, according to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), so a search has been launched.

The St. Tammany Township Sheriff’s Office, along with the US Coast Guard, searched the lake Thursday morning after the boat was reported overdue.

After a three-hour search, agents would recover the body of 72-year-old Ricky Hodgson around 9:30 a.m. A second person on the boat was injured and is being treated.

LDWF officials say Hodgson and a passenger were fishing for shrimp around midnight when their net got stuck. Both men were trying to untie the net when a wave hit the boat and it capsized.

Both men were not wearing flotation devices.

LDWF will conduct the investigation into this incident.

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