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Apr 15, 2012 8:37 PM by Maddie Garrett

Erath Father and Son Reportedly the Victims in Boat Accident

New information Sunday on the two men killed in a boating accident Saturday afternoon near the Port of Iberia. Family and friends have identified the victims as Leon Ortemond and son David Ortemond of Erath.

The two were members of Florida Powerboat Club, where a tribute has been posted on the website by Stu Jones. Jones wrote, "It is apparent that there was a high-speed accident which occurred while they had been testing with new power." Jones goes on to say "This is the worst tragedy that we could ever have imagined. we will miss you both."

David was supposed to get married in a few weeks, and friends said they were well-known and liked at Cypermore Point where they own a camp and could often be found driving their powerboats.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are still investigating the cause of the accident. Investigators will reconstruct the crash to try and determine exactly what happened.

The Ortemonds were reportedly in a 36 Skater speed boat, it's unclear if speed was a factor in the crash. The boat was fully engulfed and destroyed in the accident. After the fire was extinguished divers recovered the bodies of Leon and David.

The coroner's office has yet to officially identify the victims. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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