Bodies of Missing Men Found in Wolf River

Families are grieving today after the bodies of boaters who went missing last night were found early this morning in the Wolf River.
News 25 spoke with a relative of both men who reflects on the tragedy that happened in the water. Alphonse Dedeaux and Gerald Ellis went out fishing as they often did but this time, they never returned home. “This area here, everyone is always going out to do a little fishing. So, that’s not unusual for them to have been out here,” said Cecil Lizana, a relative of both boaters.
Early this morning, a dive team found their bodies in the Wolf River. Neither was wearing a life vest and the deaths have been deemed accidental drowning. Cecil Lizana came to the Merlin Necaise Boat Launch this morning to check on the truck the two men never got a chance to return. He tells News 25 it’s hard to make sense of the tragic events that took place in the water: “It’s kind of strange. Both of them were real good swimmers. From what we understand, it wasn’t that far from the shore,” said Lizana.
The boat was found capsized about 200 yards beyond the ramp. The DMR continues to investigate what caused the boat to flip. The DMR continues to investigate what caused the boat to flip.
“You always wonder no matter what whenever somebody passes way. Especially like that, you always got that lingering thought what if and how did it happen,” Lizana said.
Family called for help when the two men didn’t return home by 11 p.m. The Coast Guard called the Department of Marine Resources in for help and this morning between 4:30 and 6:30 both bodies were recovered. And while the mystery remains of how their boat capsized and why the men were not able to swim to shore, their family hopes the investigation brings some closure.

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