Crews search for three missing boaters in Lake Maurepas

Staff Report

First-responder crews searched Lake Maurepas for three missing boaters June 26, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The search reportedly began in the afternoon after the boaters went missing near the mouth of Blind River.

Both Ascension Parish and Livingston Parish agencies assisted in the search.

About 9:45 a.m. on June 27, search and rescue personnel recovered the body of 48-year-old Michael Bryant of Denham Springs. His body was turned over to the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office, according to LDWF.

Later in the day, search crews found 18-year-old Zachary LeDuff of Greenwell Springs and 20-year-old Zane Bryant of Denham Springs.

Agents learned that LeDuff was swimming when he became distressed. Zane Bryant tried to rescue LeDuff, but he also found himself in distress. Michael Bryant then tried to rescue both LeDuff and Zane Bryant, but was unsuccessful and the three men did not resurface.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.