POSTED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 3:20pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 9:08am
LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, LA — UPDATE: The body of Isiah M. Tate, 21, was recovered at about 2:00 p.m. by search crews. Tate's body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office.
Tate's family issued the following statement:
"Isaiah was kind, loving and well respected in this community. We are going to miss him. While we are deeply saddened by our loss, we will continue to trust in God and stand strong in our faith. We are thankful for all the prayers and support and ask that everyone will continue to pray for us, Isaiah’s friends who were with him, and their families.” -The Steele -Tate Families-
ORIGINAL STORY: Search crews were alerted at 3:30 a.m. this morning, June 5, of a missing boater in Lake Pontchartrain.
Searchers from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard and Sea Tow are currently looking for Isiah M. Tate, 21, of Slidell, near the twin spans on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain south of Slidell.
According to the three other passengers on the 21 foot boat, Tate fell overboard due to rough waters around 3:30 a.m. The passengers said they were able to locate the missing boater in the water twice before he would disappear into the water again before they could make contact.
According to the passengers, Tate was not wearing a personal flotation device.