LDWF investigates fatal boating accident in wetlands


ST. CHARLES PARISH, La. (WGNO) — Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries began investigating a boating accident that left a man dead in St. Charles Parish.

LDWF reports that around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, agents received a report of a man who fell off his boat into the Labranche wetlands east of Cross Bayou Canal.

Deputies with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office arrived to the scene first and found the man unresponsive in the muddy part of the swamp, his boat nearby.

The victim was later identified as 68-year-old Anthony J. Vicari, Jr. of River Ridge.

Vicari, Jr. was not wearing floatation equipment.

Deputies were able to bring Vicari Jr. to a launch where EMS would transport him to the St. Charles Parish Hospital. However, Vicari Jr. was later declared deceased.

It is unknown what caused Vicari Jr. to go overboard.

The victim’s body was turned over to the St. Charles Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

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