Calcasieu

Jul 21, 2012 4:54 PM by Nichole Larkey

Boating Incident in Lake Charles Leaves One Dead and One Missing


In Lake Charles, Search and rescue crews are currently searching for a missing boater who was on-board a vessel that was found capsized.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of two missing boaters on Lake Charles on July 20 after 10 p.m. According to family members, William R. Druilhet Jr., 42, of Lake Charles, and Christopher Rollins, 25, of Westlake, were out fishing and last made contact shortly before 10 p.m.

Search and rescue crews searched throughout the night and found their 16 foot vessel capsized on the west bank of Lake Charles at 4:30 this morning. Authorities found the body of Druilhet near that boat, but Rollins is still missing at this hour.

Druilhet was wearing a personal flotation device and his body was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office to determine a cause of death.

LDWF has recovered the vessel and will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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