Coast Guard searching for Slidell man missing in the water near Empire

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NEW ORLEANS– The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a person in the water near Empire, Louisiana, Monday.

That man has been identified as Mark Matherne of Slidell.

The Coast Guard received a call of a sunken vessel, southwest of Empire, Louisiana.

The boat was located in the vicinity of Shell Island Bay.

The Coast Guard has deployed a Dolphin Helicopter aircrew, a 29-foot response boat and a 24-foot special purpose craft to search for Matherne.

They are being assisted by the State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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