MORGAN CITY — A 38-year-old man from Houma who was in a small boat with his father Sunday drowned after the aluminum skiff overturned and onlookers were able to pluck only one man from the water, state wildlife officials said.
Wallace Bailey Jr.’s body was found Monday at around 6:30 a.m. in the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Mary Parish, said Adam Einck, spokesman for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, which with St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office personnel searched for more than 20 hours.
Bailey was operating a small skiff that had a hand-tiller steering motor when the boat crossed another boat’s wake and capsized. People who witnessed the accident pulled the victim’s father, Wallace Bailey Sr., 64, from Morgan City, from the water but were unable to grab son, who sank and did not resurface, Einck said.
Neither man wore a life preserver.
The accident occurred in the Intracoastal Waterway near its intersection with Bayou Boeuf, he said.
Wildlife and Fisheries agents, who will investigate the incident, began the search at around 9 a.m. Sunday and were accompanied by Sheriff’s Office deputies.