Man’s body recovered from Lake Ponchartrain

The body of the Mandeville man involved in a fatal single-vessel boating incident in St. Tammany Parish on Jan. 8 was recovered from Lake Ponchartrain.

William C. Coile Jr.’s body was recovered from the lake on Jan. 16 around 4:40 p.m.  He was recovered less than a mille offshore from Mandeville.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating the incident.

LDWF agents along with the U.S. Coast Guard and St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office (STSO) started searching for Coile Jr. on Jan. 8 when an unmanned vessel was found floating in Lake Pontchartrain.  LDWF agents and STSO deputies searched every day since the accident.


It is unknown at this time what caused Coile Jr. to enter the water.  His body was recovered without wearing a personal flotation device and was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

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