Search and rescue teams recovered the body of a missing boater from the Atchafalaya River on Nov. 3.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents and St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO) deputies recovered the body of William K. Seal, 56, of Butte La Rose, around 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 about two miles south of the Butte La Rose landing.
Search and rescue teams had been searching for Seal since the boat he was operating was found unmanned around 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 about two miles south of the Butte La Rose landing.
According to a Seal acquaintance, Seal was dropped off around 7 a.m. at the Butte La Rose public landing on Oct. 31 for a day of fishing of which Seal never returned. Seal’s 15 foot vessel was then found by a tugboat operator the next morning and reported to authorities.
LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident. Seal’s body was found without a personal flotation device. His body was turned over to the St. Martin Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death. LDWF was able to retrieve the vessel for evidence in the case.
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