BAYOU D’ARBONNE — An Arnaudville man died Thursday after an aluminum boat crashed into a bridge piling, ejecting him into the piling and into a St. Landry Parish waterway, according to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Search-and-rescue crews found the body of 22-year-old Arron M. Baber around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, about two hours after a survivor of the crash swam to the bank and alerted a witness and authorities, according to an LDWF news release.
Baber and the boat’s operator were traveling in the 14-foot vessel when they got distracted and struck a railroad bridge piling, the release states.
LDWF will be investigating the incident, including testing toxicology samples taken from both men. Neither man was wearing a flotation device.
The St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office will determine Baber’s cause of death, the release states.
The death marks the second boating fatality reported Thursday in Acadiana.
Ernest Hebert, a 76-year-old New Iberia resident, died after his boat overturned in Vermilion Bay. He, also, was not wearing a life jacket, the LDWF said.
Another person in that boat was rescued.