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|Three feared dead after boats capsize in Mississippi|
Two men are dead and and a third feared dead after two commercial fishing boats loaded with shad and webbing sank Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. in the Mississippi River near the mouth of the Homochitto.
One of the four men aboard the two boats made it safely to shore. All four are believed to be from Krotz Springs, located in St. Landry Parish on Hwy. 90 between Baton Rouge and Opelousas.
High winds are believed to have contributed to the sinking of both boats.
Rescue workers with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) and Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, launching rescue boats from the Deer Park area. The Adams County Sheriff's Office also responded from the Mississippi shore as did the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, which is spearheading the search .
"At this time it appears that two boats overturned involving four people," said Jim Walker, Public Information Officer for the Mississippi wildlife agency in Jackson. He said at noon today that "officers interviewed the lone survivor. One is deceased and two are missing."
James Parish was one of the LDWF agents arriving at the scene around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
"They were seining shad and the weather last night was really bad," he said Wednesday morning. "The weather was horrible and the waves were horrible."
Parish said the boats were each fully loaded with shad.
"When the boats began to sink, one man in a boat by himself made it to shore after his boat began taking on water," said Parish. "He barely made it."
Parish said the commercial fishing boats were each more than 20 feet in length, made of heavy gauge aluminum and specially designed for commercial fishing.
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