NEWS

Body of St. Amant man recovered near Grand Isle

Staff reports

The Coast Guard recovered the body of a St. Amant man who was swept into the Gulf of Mexico early Tuesday morning.

Robbie Savoy Jr. reportedly was one of six people who were fishing at the time. They were swept off a jetty by a wave and into Caminada Pass, about six miles west of Grand Isle, according to the Coast Guard.

The other five people made it back to shore safely, the Coast Guard reported.

The 32-year-old man’s body was found about a mile and a half away from where he was last seen.

The Coast Guard dispatched a 33-foot vessel and two helicopters from New Orleans to the scene after receiving a call at 6:56 a.m.

The Grand Isle Police Department and Fire Department and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries assisted in the search.

Savoy worked as the maintenance manager at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

St. Amant Fire Chief James LeBlanc said Savoy and his family are close to the fire department and active in the community.

LeBlanc also recalled two recent deaths in the area that involved water. Jarran Keller, a 19-year-old set to graduate from St. Amant High, apparently drowned while on an outing with friends in the Diversion Canal. Just days later, 10-year-old Valarie Hodges died while wakeboarding in the Amite River. He added a 2-year-old girl from the area is fighting for her life after a water-related incident.

“The St. Amant community is in total shock again today as this dark cloud continues to find its way to this wonderful community,” LeBlanc said.

The chief emphasized the importance of educating others on water safety.

“Please do not take the water in your area for granted,” he said.