Springfield man dies in Blood River boat crash

A 68-year-old man died Thursday after a boat crash on the Blood River near Springfield in Livingston Parish, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said.

Wildlife and Fisheries agents received a call around 7 p.m. about a fatality on the river, according to a Wildlife and Fisheries news release.

Agents found the body of Emil J. Durbin, of Springfield, in the river around 8:15 p.m., as well as Durbin’s 16-foot boat nearby, the release says. The boat was heavily damaged.

Agents say they believe Durbin lost control of the boat and struck a tree on the river bank. Durbin was ejected and may have struck a tree before falling into the water, they said.

Agents believe Durbin began boating on the river around 11 a.m. after launching from a dock in Springfield, said Adam Einck, a Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman.

Agents found Durbin’s body just south of the Lizard Creek Campground boat launch in Springfield, Einck said.

Durbin’s body was turned over to the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.