Search for missing fisherman continues

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 20, 2009

VIDALIA — A week and a half after it began, the search for a fisherman missing since a boating mishap last Tuesday continues.

Krotz Springs, La., resident Mack Kemp, 27, has been missing since the boat he was in became swamped as it was crossing the Mississippi River during stormy weather between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Feb. 10.

Two boats, in which four men were fishing for shad, sank that night after both of them took on water due to wind and waves on the river.

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One man, Jason Snyder, 37, was able to make it to shore, but two others, Michael Shayne O’Connor, 34, and Nolton “Turtle” Sittig, 31, drowned and were later recovered downriver.

The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office has accepted the lead agency role in the search efforts.

The CPSO rotates putting out a search boat with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries daily.

“We will continue to search until (Kemp) is found,” Concordia Parish Sheriff Randy Maxwell said.

Adams County Sheriff Ronny Brown said the Adams County Search and Rescue team will return to the effort near the locks in the southern part of the parish today.

The Adams County team has not actively been involved in the search since Monday, Brown said.

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office is also providing assistance.

O’Connor and Sittig were both buried following funeral services Saturday.