Search crews found the body of a missing Baton Rouge man on Lake Maurepas shortly after 7:30 a.m. Monday.
Taylor Russell, 26, was reported missing around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck said in a news release.
Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded within minutes to the scene.
According to other passengers in the 24-foot ski boat, Russell jumped from the boat while they were travelling across Lake Maurepas. The passengers said they never saw Russell resurface and called 911 shortly thereafter.
Russell reportedly went into the water between where the Amite and Blind Rivers feed into Lake Maurepas. The operator of the boat said they were returning from the Blind River to return to where they launched on the Tickfaw River to go home, Einck said.
Russell’s body was recovered about a half mile from where he was reported to go into the water and his body was turned over to the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.
The LDWF Enforcement Division will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.