Wildlife agents find body of Tangipahoa Parish boater in South Pass Manchac


The body of a 66-year-old Tangipahoa Parish man was pulled from the waters of South Pass Manchac after he was reported missing, officials said.

Edward Ridgel Jr., of Tickfaw, went fishing Wednesday morning and never returned, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

His relatives told wildlife agents Wednesday evening that he didn’t come back. Ridgel’s family said he launched his boat from North Pass Landing earlier in the morning to fish.

Members of the Manchac Fire Department and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search.

Wildlife officials said a commercial crab fisherman spotted an empty 16-foot aluminum vessel in South Pass Manchac after 7 a.m. Thursday. Agents arrived and found Ridgel’s body about 30 feet from the boat, officials said.

Investigators said it is unknown how Ridgel’s body was ejected from the vessel.

The coroner’s office is investigating Ridgel’s death. Wildlife agents said he wasn’t wearing a personal flotation device when he was found.

Additional details were not released.

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