A Erwinville man fishing in the Atchafalaya Basin Tuesday afternoon fell out of his boat and drowned, Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office Maj. Johnny Blanchard said Wednesday.

The fatal incident occurred before 2 p.m. in the South Fork area of the parish near Ramah and one mile north of Interstate 10, Blanchard said.

Blanchard said deputies found the body of Johnny Maze near his boat almost five minutes after beginning the water search for the missing boater.

Maze was out fishing with some friends but they were separated at the time of the incident and Maze was in a boat by himself, Blanchard said.

Maze was not wearing a life vest.

Blanchard said the seat at the front of the boat was found broken.