On Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 8:54 pm, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a docking area on the Mississippi River in Garyville for the report of a person that fell from a vessel in the river. Crewmembers of a river vessel rescued the unconscious man and began CPR until EMS arrived. Efforts by EMS to revive the man were not successful; the coroner pronounced him dead on the scene.
The supervisor of the decedent told deputies that he heard the “man overboard” siren activated when crewmembers from another vessel saw the subject in the river. He said no one on his vessel witnessed him fall in the river.
The U.S. Coast Guard is in charge of the investigation. The deceased’s name is being withheld pending notification.