Second body found after boating accident in Eastern LA - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Second body found after boating accident in Eastern LA

Update: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division reports a second victim found in connection with a boating accident on Lake St. John June 16.

Authorities located the body of Larry Allen, 52, of Pearl, Miss., under a collapsed pier on Lake St. John in Concordia Parish.  Allen was a passenger in a boat that crashed into a pier shortly after midnight on June 16 that also killed the operator.

Wildlife and Fisheries agents responded to a boating incident on Lake St. John early Saturday morning. Lake St. John is located along the Louisiana-Mississippi in Concordia Parish. It's nearly 80 miles northeast of Alexandria.

Wildlife officials say 50-year-old Bruce Pickle was found in the water by some onlookers after they witnessed him crash into a pier on Lake St. John with his bass boat around midnight.  Pickle was thrown from the boat. He was then pulled from the water by witnesses who attempted CPR on him before authorities arrived. Pickle died at the scene. His body was transferred to the Concordia Parish Coroner's Office.  LDWF agents took a blood sample for a toxicology report, but do not suspect alcohol or drugs played a role.

Later Saturday morning, LDWF agents received a call about the possibility of another person still under the water at the wreck scene at the pier.  The call has led authorities to believe there may have been a passenger with Pickle at the time of the wreck. LDWF agents along with the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office have begun searching for this possible missing boater.

Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device.  The causes of death are unknown at this time.

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