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Wildlife and Fisheries identify passenger of overturned boat in Lake Pontchartrain, Saturday

According to witnesses they saw a boat upside down in the water and a man swimming up to the shore of the lake.

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — The U.S. Coast Guard has located the body of the missing passenger of Saturday's overturned boat in Metairie.

Officials identified the person as 45-year-old Ronald Taylor Jr. of Kenner.

Wildlife and Fisheries agents said they were notified about the incident after witnesses saw an overturned boat in the water and a man swimming away from it. 

Taylor and another man were on the lake trawling for shrimp when their trawl snagged the bottom of the lake. As they tried to loosen the trawl, the boat began to take on water causing it to sink, according to Wildlife and Fisheries 

The operator of the boat was able to put on his life vest but Taylor was not.

The man, who was not identified, swam to shore and called for help before being taken to a near by hospital by ambulance.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will lead the investigation as the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office  determines Ronald Taylor's official cause of death.

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