Victim in fatal boat accident identified

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – The victim in a fatal boating accident that occurred in the West Fork of the Calcasieu River on Saturday afternoon has been identified.

The victim is Michael Dimas, 37, of Lake Charles.

According to authorities, Dimas was in a pontoon boat with his girlfriend and three others when somehow he fell overboard and struck the boat's motor.

Dimas was taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital with severe lacerations. He died a short time later.

Authorities have ruled out alcohol as the cause of the accident. The incident remains under investigation.

According to his obituary, Dimas was a former National Guardsmen and a passionate LSU and New Orleans Saints fan. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church and worked for Anadarko Petroleum.

A frequent blood donor, Dimas leaves behind many family members, including three sons and one daughter.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Thursday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Creole.

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