WASHINGTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – The body of a Livingston Parish man was one of two drowning victims recovered in the Bogue Chitto River, according to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The drownings were separate incidents. The sheriff’s office said the first incident happened on Aug. 1 when a Jefferson Parish man drowned while on a family trip visiting Bogue Chitto State Park. Authorities said his body was recovered after a three-day search.
The second incident happened on Aug. 9 when a Livingston Parish man was on a tubing trip with friends. He drowned near a highway bridge and his body was recovered the same day, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities said three individuals unable to swim in the group had to be rescued by deputies.
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office said both victims could not swim.
“I cannot over-emphasize how dangerous the river can be,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Anyone venturing in or on the river should be able to swim and always wear a life jacket, even if floating on a tube or riding in a boat. My heartfelt condolences go out to families of both of these young men. I am grateful to our officers for the many hours spent on the river in recovery efforts and to the Southeast Louisiana Underwater Search and Recovery team for their valued assistance.”