False River shut down Saturday after deadly boating accident; person still missing

POINTE COUPEE PARISH – Authorities have closed off False River as they search the water for a man who went missing after a deadly boating accident late Friday night.

According to the Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Office, another person was killed and two others were seriously hurt after two boats collided in the water around 10 p.m. Friday. The man killed was identified as Shea Mouton of Fordoche.

The collision involved a 20-foot boat, operated by Mouton, and a bass boat. 

The fourth person, identified as Dr. Kenneth St. Romain, is still missing in False River. St. Romain’s family owns a prominent dentist’s office based out of the Baton Rouge area.

The two injured boaters were picked up by a good Samaritan and taken to Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge for treatment. They’re expected to be released from the hospital Saturday.

Sheriff Rene’ Thibodeaux told WBRZ the groups were on the water for a fishing tournament Friday evening.

The lake was first shut down late Friday as deputies and wildlife agents searched the water. The sheriff said he expects False River to remain closed until they recover the missing person.

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