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Missing boater found dead after crash into Highway 11 bridge on Lake Pontchartrain

The final occupant of the boat was found Sunday, a day after the crash.

SLIDELL, La. — The search for a boater missing after it struck the Highway 11 bridge across Lake Pontchartrain ended after a body was located by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Sunday.

The Coast Guard received a call around 7 p.m Saturday about a boat with five people on board that had crashed into the drawbridge.

33-year-old Rod Willhoft of Arabi, was ejected into the water.

According to St. Tammany Fire District's social media pages, the other four passengers on the boat were airlifted to University Medical Center New Orleans by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for further medical care. 

Willhoft's body was located around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. 

The sheriff's office, the Coast Guard, the state Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries were all involved in the search for the missing boater.

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