Zachary fisherman's body recovered near New Orleans
UPDATE: Haskin Payne III's body was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard and other search crews Friday evening.
CHALMETTE- The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office is now calling this a "fatal incident."
According to Sheriff James Pohlmann, a Haskin Payne III fell from his boat around 4 p.m. Thursday while fishing in Bayou Bienvenue with his wife.
The U.S. Coast Guard says Payne's wife jumped in the water and tried to help him but lost sight of him.
Wildlife and Fisheries agents found Payne's wife in the boat on the banks of the Bayou. She was transported to University Hospital in New Orleans and was treated with hypothermia.
LDWF says that Payne and his wife were not wearing life jackets at the time of the incident. His body has not been seen since.
The Sheriff's Office Marine Division is now assisting Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents and the U.S. Coast Guard in a search. Crews searched Bayou Bienvenue until 10 p.m. Thursday and resumed operations at daybreak Friday.
Payne is from Zachary, Louisiana.
"The investigation is ongoing and is being led by Wildlife and Fisheries," the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office said.
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