Boater's body recovered Tuesday from Intracoastal Waterway

Boater's body recovered Tuesday from Intracoastal Waterway

Credit: Michael Conti / Houma Courier

Lafourche Sheriff's officers, from left, Cody Naquin, Jeff Prevost, Steve Schieffler and Chad Shelby search for Dustin Thomassie after a boat crash Sunday morning on the Intracoastal Waterway on Monday, March 26, 2012 in Larose.

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by Katie Urbaszewski / Houma Courier

wwltv.com

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 27 at 11:02 AM

LAROSE, La. - The body of a boater missing since a crash Sunday was recovered in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Tuesday morning, authorties said.

Dustin Thomassie, 22, 132 E. 2nd St., Larose, has been the subject of a two-day search in the waters around the south Lafourche community.

Thomassie was in a 14-foot aluminum-hull boat with Jordan Duet, 26, who was rescued by another boater at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, said Brennan Matherne, spokesman for the Lafourche Sheriff's Office. Duet suffered injuries authorities described as minor.

It doesn't appear that either boater wore a life jacket, authorities said.

Thomassie and Duet headed out about 3 a.m. Sunday to go frogging, Matherne said. Although Duet's not sure what time they fell into the water, authorities have determined the crash took place in the two-and-a-half-hour span between 4:03 a.m., when Thomassie posted on his Facebook page, and 6:30 a.m., when Duet was rescued.

Rescuers searched through the day Sunday for the boat and Thomassie, calling off the search at nightfall and returning at daybreak Monday with sonar equipment, authorities said. The search, which had become a recovery effort, was to continue today.

The crew, made up of personnel from multiple agencies, was working out of a site set up on Hamilton Street in Larose, private property volunteered by the landowner.

Jude Galliano, a Larose resident and New Orleans firefighter, opened his home to the search crew. Because it's near the Intracoastal Waterway, it was a convenient location, he said.

Galliano said he went to South Lafourche High School with Thomassie.

For updates, visit dailycomet.com or houmatoday.com.

Staff Writer Katie Urbaszewski can be reached at 448-7617 or katie.urbaszewski@dailycomet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LafourcheCrime.

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