The body of a 61-year-old Denham Springs man was recovered Thursday morning near the Bayou Sorrell locks in the Intracoastal Canal in Iberville Parish by state wildlife agents.

Adam Einck, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman, said James L. Haley was visiting friends on a houseboat in Grand River when he fell into the water while trying to reach his boat.

“The boat was tied up, not actively moving,” Einck said. “We think he was trying to jump from the houseboat to his boat when he fell.”

Witnesses said after Haley fell into the water, he surfaced two times and then disappeared

According to a news release, LDWF agents, the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office started searching for Haley about 10:30 p.m. May 1.

Haley’s body was found about 10:15 a.m. Thursday about 12 miles south of Plaquemine and 9 miles downstream from where he fell in the Grand River.

Haley’s body was turned over to the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.