Man arrested for swimming in Grand Isle waters

June 6, 2010 10:41:14 AM PDT
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says a man has been arrested for swimming in waters shut down because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

WAFB-TV reported Sunday that Grand Isle Police took 22-year-old Jesus Mares, of College Station, Texas, into custody around 7:30 a.m. after he was caught wading in the water just off the beach.

The state Department of Environmental Quality shut down the beach after it was declared hazardous and unsafe for swimming. Authorities say because of contaminants on his body, Mares had to be taken to a decontamination unit on Grand Isle. He was then booked with criminal trespassing and remaining after being forbidden.

Mares was later released on $200 bond.


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