Three boaters drown after two jump in lake to help the other, Louisiana officials say

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Three boaters died after they jumped into the lake one after the other to try to save each other from drowning, according to Louisiana officials.

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries responded to a report of three missing boaters on June 26 at the mouth of the Blind River where it connects to Lake Maurepas, about 58 miles east of Baton Rouge, according to a news release from the agency.

At around 9:45 a.m. on June 27, search and rescue personnel found the body of one of the boaters, Michael Bryant, 48, but continued to look for the remaining two - Zachary LeDuff, 18, and Zane Bryant, 20.

On June 28 at around 6:30 p.m.,crews found the bodies of LeDuff and Zane Bryant.

Investigators found that all three men were passengers on a pontoon boat. LeDuff jumped in to go swimming and became distressed, according to the news release from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Zane Bryant jumped in to try to rescue him but also became distressed.

Michael Bryant then tried to rescue both of the men but couldn’t. All three boaters drowned, the release says. They were not wearing personal flotation devices.

Lake Maurepas covers about 58,000 acres with about 40 miles of shoreline.

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