Search and rescue crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office (IPSO) recovered the body of a Carencro man today, May 12, in Iberville Parish.
The search crews located the missing deceased body of Justin Viator, 31, around 2:30 p.m. from the Whiskey Bay area.
The search and rescue crews responded to a single boating incident around 1 p.m. Justin Viator was a passenger in a 15 foot aluminum boat being operated by his father. The vessel struck an Interstate 10 piling between the Ramah and Whiskey Bay Exits sending both men into the water.
The father was picked up shortly after the incident by a passing boater and was transported to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette. His injuries are not suspected to be life threatening at this time.
LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident. Neither men was wearing a personal flotation device. LDWF does not suspect alcohol as a contributing factor at this time.
The body of Justin Viator was turned over to the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.