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Body found in water near boat launch where kayaker went missing

Witnesses said that the man appeared to be struggling with the boat before it turned over.

NEW ORLEANS — A body has been found in Lake Pontchartrain near the Bonnabel boat launch in an area where a man had been reported to have gone into the water when his kayak flipped Thursday morning.

Petty Officer Sydney Phoenix of the U.S. Coast Guard said a man launched his kayak from the Bonnabel Boat Launch and capsized some 300 feet offshore around 9 a.m. 

A search for him began after someone notified the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.  A helicopter from the Coast Guard and one from the Sheriff’s Office are searching the waters for the kayaker, Phoenix said. 

A WWL-TV photographer at the scene said search crew members had retrieved a baseball cap from the lake.  

Witnesses said that the man appeared to be struggling in the kayak before it turned over.

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