St. Landry

Jul 20, 2012 7:36 PM by Jenise Fernandez

Man Dies in Morning Boating Accident in St. Landry Parish


A morning boating accident leaves one man dead. Another uninjured man rescued. It happened just before 10 on Lake Fordoche in St. Landry Parish. Allen Fontenot Junior, 66, from Central died. The driver of the boat, 47-year-old John Dupuy of Livonia survived. John Dupuy and Allen Fontenot headed out from the Butte Larose boat launch ready to enjoy a day of fishing.
Wildlife and fisheries investigator Travis Huval says Dupuy hit an object in the water, possibly a log, and the boat capsized in Lake Fordoche.

"This area is a swamp so there's a lot of logs barely sticking out of the water and a lot just below the surface," said Huval.

Both were thrown out of the boat. A nearby fishermen saw Dupuy in the water and pulled him out, but there was no sign of Fontenot. Wildlife and Fisheries agents found Fontenot's body after searching for two hours. Dupuy and Fontenot weren't wearing life jackets.

"Wearing a life vest is important out here. If you get ejected you'll float and can recover and swim to land or just stay afloat and wait for help," said Huval.

Huval says they're trying to figure out what happened. They don't think the men were drinking and don't know how fast Dupuy was going.

"You as a driver have to make the right adjustments to know how slow to go, if it's dangerous and that kind of thing," said Huval.

A coroner's report will determine Fontenot's cause of death.


A morning boating accident leaves one man dead. Another uninjured man rescued. It happened just before 10 on Lake Fordoche in St. Landry Parish. Allen Fontenot Junior, 66, from Central died. The driver of the boat, 47-year-old John Dupuy of Livonia survived. John Dupuy and Allen Fontenot headed out from the Butte Larose boat launch ready to enjoy a day of fishing.
Wildlife and fisheries investigator Travis Huval says Dupuy hit an object in the water, possibly a log, and the boat capsized in Lake Fordoche.

"This area is a swamp so there's a lot of logs barely sticking out of the water and a lot just below the surface," said Huval.

Both were thrown out of the boat. A nearby fishermen saw Dupuy in the water and pulled him out, but there was no sign of Fontenot. Wildlife and Fisheries agents found Fontenot's body after searching for two hours. Dupuy and Fontenot weren't wearing life jackets.

"Wearing a life vest is important out here. If you get ejected you'll float and can recover and swim to land or just stay afloat and wait for help," said Huval.

Huval says they're trying to figure out what happened. They don't think the men were drinking and don't know how fast Dupuy was going.

"You as a driver have to make the right adjustments to know how slow to go, if it's dangerous and that kind of thing," said Huval.

A coroner's report will determine Fontenot's cause of death.

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