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Body of swimmer recovered

The body of a Crowley man who was last seen swimming in the Mermentau River Thursday afternoon has been recovered.
The body of Bradford Ware, 35, was recovered around 11 a.m. Friday on the Mermentau River on the Acadia Parish and Jefferson Davis Parish border.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents, Acadia Parish Fire and Rescue personnel and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies found the deceased body of the missing boater.
The search and rescue crews received notification of the missing boater around 4:30 p.m. on Thrusday. According to the operator and the other four passengers in the 18-foot vessel, they were drifting in the river.
Once they drifted close to the point where the Mermentau River intersects with Hwy. 90, Ware leaned backwards and entered the water without a personal flotation device and never resurfaced.
Authorities were notified and arrived on scene around 5 p.m. and searched for Ware until 11 p.m. Thursday. Authorities resumed the search at 7 a.m. Friday.
Ware’s body was found near where he was reported missing and was turned over to the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office.
LDWF is the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.
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