Keith Hilliard, 53, of Baton Rouge, went underwater Saturday shortly after launching from Tiki Tubing, a tubing excursion company in Denham Springs, about 15 miles east of Baton Rouge.
Witnesses told deputies that Hilliard dropped an item into the water and he hopped off the tube to retrieve it, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. He did not resurface.
“The body of the male was later located,” the sheriff’s office added. “All attempts to revive him failed.”
The exact cause of death will be determined by an autopsy, authorities said. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the incident.
LSU officials confirmed the deceased is the father of pitcher Ma’Khail Hilliard, according to FOX 8 of New Orleans.
Joe Koczrowski, chief of Livingston Parish Fire Protection District No. 5, noted that six or seven Tiki Tubers had to be rescued last summer after they became lost on the Amite River.
Earlier this month, his firefighters had to rescue another lost tuber on the river, according to the New Orleans Advocate.
“Maybe this will push them to do something,” Koczrowski said Monday.
Ma’Khail Hilliard was one of LSU’s best pitchers late this season, the paper reported.