A New Orleans man was killed and his younger brother is missing in a boating accident Saturday, March 19, in Lake Borgne in St. Bernard Parish waters.
The incident is now under investigation by state Wildlife and Fisheries Department, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and the Coast Guard.
Authorities say the accident happened about 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon as the two were fishing.
Sheriff’s officials on the scene believe the accident was the result of a mechanical problem on their boat, rather than a crash.
Both victims were apparently ejected from the craft, with one injured and later pronounced dead after being taken to Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans.
The other man was missing. A search was halted Saturday night and resumed on Sunday, March 20.
Neither man was wearing a flotation device, authorities said.
Alvin Anderson, 63, no address available, was killed in the incident, officials said. Mark Anderson, 53, his brother, also no address available, is unaccounted for, authorities said.
The accident happened near the Mississippi River – Gulf Outlet in eastern St. Bernard Parish, nearby the ruins of the historic Martello Castle, a fort built in the 1800s as an outpost against possible foreign invasion of the area.
Two fishermen in another boat, one related to the victims, saw Alvin Anderson in the water and stopped to help, authorities said.
He had suffered injuries when thrown from the boat, possibly from the propeller, and was initially unresponsive. The relative who found him performed CPR but Alvin Anderson was pronounced dead after being taken to the Gulf Outlet Marina on Bayou Bienvenue in Chalmette and transferred to Tulane Medical Center.
There wasn’t any information available on when an autopsy would be done to determine cause of death.