After a Severe Wind Sinks a Boat in a Texas Lake, One Man Drowns and Another Is Discovered Clinging to a Stump.

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Authorities say two Louisiana males were aboard a boat that sank on the Texas side of Toledo Bend Lake.

 

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF OF SABINE PARISH.

A man died and another was hospitalised after their boat was likely sunk by “high winds” and powerful waves in Toledo Bend Lake, Louisiana authorities said. The two men, both in their fifties and residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were out on Toledo Bend Lake on Saturday, March 5, according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. Toledo Bend Lake straddles the Texas-Louisiana border, comprising more than 181,000 acres and plummeting to a depth of 110 feet, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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According to the sheriff’s office, the boaters were headed to the Pirate’s Cove Marina in Louisiana when they fell into the lake on the Texas side.

Officials in Texas discovered one of the guys hanging to a stump and the other “probably drowned,” despite the fact that both men were wearing “personal flotation devices.” The survivor, who was suffering from hypothermia, was airlifted to a hospital in Shreveport, according to the sheriff’s office. The second man’s body was recovered and taken to Shreveport for an autopsy. As of Saturday afternoon, the sheriff’s office reported that the boat had not been recovered. $2 per month Subscriptions include unlimited access to our website, app, and eEdition, among other benefits.

 

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is conducting an investigation into the occurrence.

 

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