Man drowns in Amite River

Staff reports

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office water patrol deputies recovered the body of a man who drowned in the Amite River earlier this afternoon.

  According to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, Jory Golman, 30, of 56184 Watson Rd., Amite was a member of a bricklaying crew working on a home under construction on W. Riverview Drive, Port Vincent in Livingston Parish.

 Investigating deputies were told that while on lunch break, Golman and another worker, who was as identified as Golman’s cousin, made a bet as to which one of them could swim across the Amite River and back the fastest.  Golman and his cousin then dove into the river and as they approached the Ascension Parish bank, Golman went under.  Golman’s cousin and two other workers attempted to rescue Golman but were unsuccessful.

 The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of the incident at 12:22 p.m. and rescue and recovery efforts were quickly begun.  Water patrol boats from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Killian Police Department, and French Settlement Police Department were involved in the effort and a recovery of the Golman’s body was made at 2:42 p.m. by Ascension Parish deputies.  Members of Port Vincent Police Department, French Settlement Fire Department, and Livingston Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the effort.