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Louisiana man, 24, dies after falling out of boat on river

September 18, 2018

MOSS BLUFF, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a 24-year-old man died after falling out of a boat while baiting a trotline.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says Lucas Marcantel of the LeBleu Settlement community near Lake Charles went overboard Monday evening on the east fork of the Calcasieu (KAL-kuh-shoo) River. His body was found about 10 p.m.

The department news release Tuesday said Marcantel was not wearing a life jacket.

The Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office says an autopsy is planned.

The other person in the 15-foot aluminum boat told investigators he and Marcantel were baiting a trotline when Marcentel fell out and never resurfaced.

A trotline is a heavy line holding numerous smaller lines with hooks, set out underwater across a waterway.

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