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Body of missing fisherman recovered

Posted: 2:24 PM, Nov 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-18 15:30:05-05
Coast Guard

The body of missing fisherman, Robert Thibodeaux Sr. of New Iberia, has been recovered.

Thibodeaux was reported missing on November 7 when he failed to return home from a fishing trip near Marsh Island, according to Lt. Col. Wendell Raborn, spokesperson for the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.

A search involving the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and the United States Coast Guard conducted an extensive search.

Thibodeaux's overturned boat was found between Cypremort Point and Marsh Island but he was not with the boat.

A local fisherman spotted a body Monday morning and notified the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Unit recovered the body and he was identified by family members, stated Raborn.