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September 24 03:38 PM

Drowning victim pulled from Cross Lake

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Shreveport Fire Department personnel carry Orlando Chapman Sr., who fell into Cross Lake at Melvin’s Landing, into an awaiting ambulance, as the continue to try and revive Chapman. . - Kerry M. Kirspel

A man was pulled from Cross Lake by Shreveport Fire Department personnel Tuesday afternoon after he fell into the water.

       Scott Wolverton of the SFD said they received a report about a person who fell out of a boat at Melvin’s Landing on Cross Lake Circle and had gone into the water just after 2 p.m.

       The victim apparently owned two boats on the end of the pier. “The victim was on one boat, and his friend was on another. He had his back turned, he heard a splash, he looked back, and he was gone. He said he never came back up,” Wolverton said.

       When fire department personnel arrived, “we had two divers go into the water very quickly without gear. They  found him right under the boat in about 8 to 10 feet of water. He was in the water about 20 to 25 minutes.”

The victim was not breathing and had no pulse when he came out of the water, Wolverton said.

As soon as the victim was pulled from the water, firefighters began administering CPR “and some cardiac medication to try to get his heart going.”

The victim, later identified as Orlando Chapman Sr., was transported by ambulance to WK North where he was declared dead.

Chapman was the owner of Brothers Seafood in Shreveport and Bossier City.

The exact cause of death is under investigation.


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