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Missing Blind River

From Nola website

Lutcher man missing after weekend boating accident
5/22/2007, 9:00 a.m. CDT
The Associated Press

BLIND RIVER, La. (AP) — A Lutcher man has been missing since his speed boat flipped Sunday evening on Blind River.

Todd Lewis, an agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said Monday that Byron Madere's boat was traveling at an excessive speed, probably between 80 and 85 mph, when it hit the wake of another boat going in the opposite direction.

Madere, 51, was alone in his boat, was not wearing a life jacket and he is believed to hit the side of his own boat while being ejected, Lewis said.

Witnesses saw Madere's boat flip on Blind River south of Alligator Bayou shortly before 5:30 p.m., Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Jason Ard said.

DWF and several other law enforcement and emergency personnel searched for Madere Sunday night and most of Monday.

The accident occurred near the Livingston-St. John Baptist Parish line, authorities said.
Byron was cruisin' at a leisurely 50mph when the steering arm bolt broke making his STY hook hard right, ejecting him from the side.
I'm sure the possum cops will use this incident to start crackin' down.
I've seen the idiots in the speed hulls around Blind River trying to make up their own short-comings with big fast boats. I choose to completely avoid that area, assuring that when Darwin catches up with them, they don't take me or my family with them.

Prayers to the family.
You take a 200# man and a light weight boat, turn it HARD right at 50mph (about 60 ft/sec) and see what happens.
Guys, check that steering arm bolt and the bolts holding the tiller on. The steering arm bolt is only 3/8". Vibrations and heavy loads can cause these bolts to loosen / fail.
People get thrown through car windshields all the time doing 50mph and less. We all know that windshields are made stronger than the caps on some of those light go-fast boats. Most of them flex and bend with just a little weight.
Do ya'll have anything to do with your lives besides argue topics on What's done is done wheather he was going 80 or 20 mph. Prayers for family and friends.
I work with a relative of Mr. Madere, she just got a phone call saying his body had been recovered.

Body of missing Lutcher man found in Blind River
Posted by The Times-Picayune May 22, 2007 5:55PM
From staff reports

The body of a Lutcher man who disappeared Sunday in Blind River was found Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said.

The body of Byron Madere, 51, was found floating in the river at 3:21 p.m., Capt. Len Yokum said.

On Sunday about 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m., Madere was seen operating his 19-foot speed hull at an estimated 70 mph to 80 mph on Blind River about two miles from the southwest portion of Lake Maurepas, near the line separating St. John the Baptist and Livingston parishes, Yokum said.

He said the boat hit the wake of another boat, and rose in the air. When the boat hit the water again, it made a hard right turn, ejecting Madere through the fiberglass wall of the port side of the boat.

He was not wearing a flotation device.

Yokum said a bolt on the steering linkage of the boat was sheared off, but authorities did not know if the bolt was lost before the impact or after.

A search was conducted by Wildlife and Fisheries, the Coast Guard, and the sheriff's offices of St. John the Baptist, St. James, Livingston and Ascension parishes.
Blessings on the survivors.