19-year-old killed in Hackberry boating incident

Boating accident claims life of 19-year-old

HACKBERRY, La. (KPLC) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Cameron Parish that left one 19-year-old dead on Thursday.

Officials identified the 19-year-old as Ross K. Broussard of Hackberry.

Broussard and another occupant were traveling in the Calcasieu Ship Channel Thursday night in the northernmost cut from Joe’s Cove when the boat struck the rock jetties and both men were ejected. The other occupant did not sustain any injuries and was able to call for help, LDWF said.

“He was a very exceptional young man,” said Jimmy Witherwax, principal at Hackberry High School. “He graduated a few years ago. The community is pretty much devastated right now because it is a very tight-knit community.”

Broussard’s dad works at Hackberry High School.

“I’m kind of making my rounds now, checking on the kids and just seeing what kind of shape we’re in,” Witherwax said. “We did bring in an extra counselor if we needed them so we could help these kids wrap their head around it because some of them didn’t find out about it until they got here this morning.”

The Broussard family told KPLC that Ross had gone out in the boat to help someone stranded on a mudflat.

“He would do anything for you, he was just a real good kid,” Witherwax said. “I’m just going to call him a kid, a real good kid.”

Witherwax asked for prayers for the Broussard family.

“People are trying to take care of them and I think they’re kind of still in a state of shock also,” Witherwax said. “It’s just one of those things that as a parent, you don’t want to have to deal with. Just send them all of your prayers, I mean, they’re in for a really rough time.”

LDWF agents will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident, LDWF said.

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