Long-time teacher killed, second person potentially dead in boating accidentPublished 11:14am Saturday, June 16, 2012
LAKE ST. JOHN — Officials have confirmed that longtime educator Bruce Pickle, 50, was killed early Saturday morning when his bass boat crashed into a pier on Lake St. John. A second person who may have been in the boat is still missing at this time.
Onlookers who witnessed the crash found Pickle in the water after the crash, which occurred at approximately 12:15 a.m. He was ejected from the boat. The witnesses attempted CPR, but Pickle’s body was later transferred to the Concordia Parish Coroner’s Office.
He was not wearing any type of flotation device.
The missing person is presumed to be Larry Allen, 52, 108 Pinehurst Cove, Pearl.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents will do routine toxicology tests, but do not suspect alcohol or drugs played a role in this incident at this time.
The accident occurred on the back side of the lake, half a mile from the victim’s house. Both the pier and boat involved in the accident received heavy damage.
The driver of the boat, Pickle, was originally reported to be alone during the accident, but boat crews continued to search until the early morning hours looking for any other possible victims. Hours later, Saturday morning, it was reported that there was possibly another person in the boat with the victim. The search for that person continued all day Saturday.
Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Capt. David Hedrick said authorities were unsuccessful in locating the body of the second victim, who is now presumed to be a victim of the accident, following a day of dragging the lake floor and sending divers near the site of the accident. A deputy will be on standby through the night and the search will resume Sunday morning.
Officials from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office worked the accident.