Boat crash claims life of 11-year-old boy

CAMERON PARISH, La. (KTAL)- - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a boating accident that killed an 11-year-old boy.

The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday after when two vessels collided on Lake Calcasieu in Cameron Parish.

According to witnesses, Griffin LeBlanc, of Broussard,  was operating a personal watercraft with another 11-year-old boy as a passenger near Hebert’s Landing.

 LeBlanc and the boy were jumping another vessel’s wakes when they jumped into the path of another oncoming 22-foot vessel.
 
After the head on collision, the boys were ejected into the water.  LeBlanc’s personal flotation device came
off when he hit the water while the other boy’s PFD remained on his person.
 
The boy who was the passenger on the personal watercraft was retrieved from the water by a bystander and rushed to the shore and then taken by ambulance to Lake Charles Memorial hospital.  The boy is still in the hospital listed in serious condition and is expected to live.
 
Search and rescue teams arrived on scene and were able to retrieve the deceased body of LeBlanc around 10 p.m.  His body was turned over to the Cameron Parish Coroner’s Office.
 
LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Agents suspect at this time that LeBlanc was not wearing a properly fitted and in good working condition PFD.  Alcohol is not suspected at this time for either operator involved in this incident.
 
LDWF along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office
participated in the search.


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