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Search for Missing Fisherman Called Off

photo by Bossier Sheriff's Lt. Bill Davis

The search for a missing east Texas fisherman in the Red River near Elm Grove was called off around 3:00 this afternoon.  That’s according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Department.Rescue crews from the Bossier and Caddo Sheriff’s Departments, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the South Bossier and Bienville Fire Departments, and a cadaver dog from the Bossier City Fire Department had been searching since late Wednesday afternoon for 63-year-old Dan Stanley.

The search began when another boater spotted Stanley’s 64-year-old cousin, Jerry Smith, on a rock jetty near the River Bend Marina.  He and Stanley had apparently run their boat into the jetty or some other solid object and had been thrown from the boat into the water.  Authorities say neither was wearing a life jacket.  Smith managed to make his way to the jetty, where he was spotted by another boater who called for help.  Smith was rescued and airlifted to LSU Hospital suffering from a head injury and hypothermia.  At last report, he was listed in fair condition.  Rescuers immediately began their search for Stanley.  They searched until dark Wednesday evening, all day Thursday, and until mid-afternoon today when, according to the Sheriff’s Department, they finally called off their search.

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