ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) - Crews are still searching for a Baton Rouge fireman who apparently fell into the water last week while trying to get his boat onto its trailer.
State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck tells the Advocate that the search for 28-year-old Jacob P. Lewis of Walker won't stop.
Wildlife agents, volunteer firefighters and emergency responders from St. Martin, Assumption and East Baton Rouge have been searching around the Belle River boat launch where he was last seen.
Lewis' wife told investigators he had backed their truck down toward their boat and got out to hitch it up. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack says she got out and saw Lewis trying to swim to the drifting boat after realizing the boat hadn't hit the trailer.
ST MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) - Crews from five different agencies are searching the Intercoastal Waterway in St. Martin Parish for a Baton Rouge firefighter reported missing by his wife after he was separated from their boat.
Although the incident occurred in St. Martin Parish, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said his deputies responded to the call.
Waguespack tells The Advocate 28-year-old Jacob P. Lewis, of Walker, and his wife went out Wednesday to scout areas to set crawfish traps.
The couple went back to their truck and Lewis backed the truck down to attach the boat to the trailer.
Waguespack said Lewis' wife noticed the boat didn't hit the trailer. She got out and saw her husband in the water.
Officials with the Baton Rouge Fire Department are assisting in the search.
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