ZWOLLE, La. — The bodies of two fishermen who apparently drowned in the Toledo Bend Reservoir during inclement weather have been found.
Sabine Sheriff Aaron Mitchell said George Diboll, 62, of Oakdale and Marvin Parsons, 61, of Lafayette went fishing Friday morning. They were reported missing on Saturday afternoon when they failed to return.
Sabine sheriff’s deputies, officers and volunteers from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries began a search Saturday from Solan Camp at the end of State Route 482 in the community of Ebarb. Diboll’s was located 8 p.m. between a waterway and the shore just south of the Solan camp area.
Diboll was recovered with an improperly worn or ill-fitting personal flotation device, LDWF said.
The search continued Sunday with the help of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Fort Polk. Late in the day, the fishermen’s 18-foot aluminum boat was located and tagged by a United Cajun Navy volunteer using his electronic sonar/chartplotter equipment. It was lying on the bottom in about 17 feet of water between an island and a shipping lane in the main part of the lake.
Shortly before daybreak Monday, Sabine deputies, wildlife officers and a volunteer from the United Cajun Navy met at Camp Solan to develop a plan of action. Shortly after, the DeSoto Parish Fire District 1 Toledo Bend search and recovery team arrived.
High winds and choppy lake conditions made recovery efforts difficult and time-consuming, Mitchell said.
Parsons’ body was located miles away late Monday afternoon near the Holly Park Marina off Carters Ferry Road near Milam on the Texas side of the lake.
This incident is being investigated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Officers suspect bad weather was the cause of the fatal boating accident.
On Friday, the weather changed midday as a cold front crossed, dropping temperatures and creating winds of nearly 30 miles per hour.
This is the second fatal boating incident on Toledo Bend in less than a week.
Alfred D. Jackson, 52, of Lake Charles, died March 5 when a boat he and another fisherman were in was blown over by high winds and sank at the south end of the lake. The other man was rescued and taken to hospital for severe hypothermia treatment.
Both men were found wearing personal flotation devices.