At approximately 3:49 p.m. on Saturday August 17, 2019, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office Communications received an emergency call in reference to a potential drowning victim at Grand Bayou Resort. Red River Parish Sheriff’s deputies and Red River Parish EMS responded to the lake resort located off of LA 784 south of Coushatta.
Emergency personnel arrived at the boat launch at the facility as the victim was being transported by a personal boat/barge to shore. The victim was a white/male, 51 years of age from Many, Louisiana. He was transported to Christus Coushatta Hospital by Red River Parish EMS where he was pronounced deceased. The name of the victim is not being released pending family notification.
The victim was swimming with a group of people off a “party barge” in open water on the lake. The victim was reported to have several medical issues and no foul play is suspected. The investigation is ongoing, and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.