St. Tammany Sheriff: Missing boaters found, survived by clinging to one life jacket in lake



ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. (WDSU) — Two boaters reported missing in Lake Ponchartrain Sunday were located Monday afternoon, according to the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office.

The boaters, Ted Roach, 35, and Jennifer Lingoni, 31, left out of Salt Bayou near the Rigolets in Slidell at approximately 1 p.m. Sunday.

They were in a 20-foot skiff with a light-colored top and a 90 horsepower Yamaha outboard, according to the sheriff.

As Tropical Storm Cristobal was approaching the Louisiana coastline, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday that the two boaters had not returned as planned.

Two boaters located Roach and Lingoni at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

They were found sitting on the porch of a camp near Bayou Lacombe and were brought to a nearby boat launch, where they were checked by medical personnel and found to be in good condition.

Roach and Lingoni told deputies their boat sank in the Rigolets Sunday afternoon, and they spent Sunday afternoon and Sunday night clinging to one life jacket before they made it to shore at Goose Point sometime Monday morning.

They then swam across a marsh area and sought refuge at the camp until they were located.

By: WDSU Digital Team

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