Drinking and driving don’t mix. In a car, boat or anything that moves. When they do mix, bad things happen. Louisiana only had one reported boating fatality over the Memorial Day weekend. I say “only one” because sometimes on holidays there are more. And with school out and the lakes filling up on the weekends especially, it can happen in a second. Here’s the sad story from Little River near Marksville:
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are investigating a single vessel incident that claimed the life of a Mansura man on May 25 in Avoyelles Parish. About 6:30 p.m., LDWF agents were notified of a boating incident and a missing boater on the Little River near Marksville. Agents were able to locate the body of David Crocket, 48, around 8 p.m. and turned him over to the Avoyelles Parish Coroner’s Office.
According to witnesses and the operator of the boat, Marcus Logan Sr., 42, of Mansura, they were traveling west on Little River and swerved to avoid an object in the water when Crocket fell overboard. Crocket went under the water and never surfaced. Crocket was not wearing a personal flotation device when he entered the water. After further investigation, agents determined that Logan Sr. was under the influence of alcohol while operating the vessel and arrested him for driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI). Agents also cited Logan Sr. for careless operation of a vessel. Future charges may be pending.
DWI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail and up to a year suspension of driver’s license and boating operation privileges. Careless operation of a vessel carries up to a $300 fine and 30 days in jail.
There’s another weekend fatality involving a young boy from just across the state line in south Mississippi as well. The youngster was one of two young people being pulled on a tube in the Wolf River. The boat apparently cut a corner and the tube hit a tree. This accident is also under investigation and no preliminary information has been released. Whatever the cause, it is a tragic end to what was supposed to be a fun and carefree day.
It can happen in a second, folks. Never take boating safety for granted. Follow the rules and don’t take chances. The worst chance you can take is drinking and boating. Impairing your ability to make quick decisions and manage your watercraft ups your chances that it could be you, a friend, or a loved one that is listed here next. Just don’t do it.