Police divers recovered the body of 51-year-old Elvis Earl Edwards shortly after 6 p.m.
According to John Lane, Shreveport Fire Department Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief, the man and a woman were riding on a jet ski when both fell off around 5 p.m. The woman was able to get to safety, but the man did not resurface.
Other boaters on the lake called 911 and began to search for the man. Shreveport Police Department and Cross Lake Patrol divers were called to the scene to join in the search and recovered Edwards’ body a short time later.
Lane said other boaters on the lake were able to help the recovery effort by pinpointing the location of the jet ski when the pair fell off and using their sonar.
“To have a tragedy such as this, one can only imagine what that family is going through right now, so I ask all to remember that family right now,” Lane said.
Chief Lane said it is not confirmed yet whether Edwards was wearing a life jacket when he was thrown from the jet ski.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.