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|Search continues for fisherman|
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office sonar boat will be used this week to search for a commercial fishing boat and missing fishermen Mack Kemp, 27.
"Boats have been in the water daily and we are continuing to search the river," said Guidroz.
Kemp was one of four Krotz Springs (St. Landry Parish) men whose two commercial fishing boats were swamped during a storm on the Mississippi River on the night of February 10. The bodies of Nolton Sitting III, 31, and Michael O'Connor, 34, have been recovered. Jason Snyder, 37, was rescued.
Guidroz said Snyder told him that the four men, all experienced commercial fishermen, put their boats in at Fairview Landing south of Deer Park in Concordia Parish during the day on February 10.
"He said they had been fishing all day and were continuing to fish after dark when they weather blew up around 10 p.m., the wind started to blow and the river got choppy," said Guidroz. Snyder was in one boat by himself and the other three men were in the other boat.
"He (Snyder) said he could hear the three men's voices and they were scrambling and shouting for their life jackets," apparently after the boat began taking on water, said the sheriff.
Snyder made it safely to the bank.
"His boat sunk at the bank," said Guidroz.
While Snyder was able to get to land, the other three men were not after their boat sunk in the river. Guidroz said one body was found about two miles from where the boat sank and the second body was found 10 miles north of St. Francisville about 11 hours after the accident.
"Life jackets were attached to both bodies," said Guidroz. "Normally, commercial fishermen don't fish with their life jackets on."
Guidroz expressed his appreciation to the many sheriff's offices, rescue units, wildlife agents, state agencies and others who have continued to assist in the rescue efforts.
"Many, many people have helped and we thank them all," he said.
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