Mother and Daughter Drown in Louisiana Boating Accident

Mother and Daughter Drown in Louisiana Boating Accident

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A wave struck a pontoon boat on Toledo Bend Lake in Louisiana, causing it to capsize and sink, resulting in the deaths of Jerilyn Hebert, 57, and her daughter Macy Richard, 27, both from Opelousas.

The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office received a distress call just before noon on Tuesday, May 28, after the boat's guide alerted authorities when wind and waves suddenly picked up on the lake.

Rescue teams arrived at the scene around 1 p.m. to find the guide and three charter guests clinging to the overturned boat, while Hebert and Richard had drowned.

The bodies of the deceased were transferred to the Sabine Parish Coroner's Office for official cause of death determinations.

Friends and family mourned the loss of Hebert and Richard on social media, with one friend describing Richard as "the kindest soul" and noting that Hebert "absolutely ADORED her daughter."

The U.S. Coast Guard is leading an ongoing investigation into the tragic incident, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries expressed their condolences to the affected families and loved ones.

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