Search and rescue teams from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of a second boater from Lake St. John around 11:30 a.m. this morning, June 17.
Authorities located the body of Larry Allen, 52, of Pearl, Miss., under a collapsed pier on Lake St. John in Concordia Parish. Allen was a passenger in a boat that crashed into a pier shortly after midnight on June 16 that also killed the operator.
LDWF agents responded to a boating incident on Lake St. John around 12:15 a.m. on June 16. Bruce Pickle, 50, of Ferriday, was found in the water by some onlookers after they witnessed him crash into a pier on Lake St. John with his bass boat. Pickle was ejected from the boat and was recovered by the witnesses who attempted CPR on him before authorities arrived.
Later on the morning of June 16, LDWF agents received a call about the possibility of Allen being a passenger with Pickle at the time of the wreck. LDWF agents along with the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately began searching for Allen. Searchers had to remove the collapsed pier in order to get to Allen who was trapped underneath the wreckage.
Both Pickle and Allen were transferred to the Concordia Parish Coroner’s Office. LDWF agents did pull a blood sample from each man as standard procedure for a toxicology report, but do not suspect alcohol or drugs played a role in this incident at this time.
Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device. The causes of death are unknown at this time.
Image courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries