A man died and another was hospitalized as a result of “strong winds” and probably strong waves sunk his boat and left them stranded in Lake Toledo Bend, Louisiana authorities said.
Two men in their 50s and residents of Lake Charles, Louise, on Saturday afternoon, March 5, were on Lake Toledo Bend, the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Lake Toledo Bend According to the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, it is located along the border between Texas and Louisiana, covering more than 181,000 acres and sinking 110 feet in depth.
According to the sheriff’s office, the boatmen were heading to the Pirate Bay marina in Louisiana when they fell into a lake on the Texas side.
“It is believed that strong winds caused the boat to sink,” the sheriff’s office said.
Texas officials found that one of the men was clinging to a tree stump and the other man was “apparently drowned,” despite the fact that both were in “personal floating devices.”
The victim suffered from hypothermia and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Shreveport, the sheriff’s office said.
The body of another man was found and transported to Shreveport for autopsy.
The sheriff’s office said the vessel was not found as of Saturday afternoon.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials are investigating the incident.