Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:22 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A hunter whose boat sank in marshland south of New Orleans was found by the Coast Guard and sheriff's deputies several hours after his wife reported him missing.
The Coast Guard said the 64-year-old man started a brush fire that helped authorities locate him Wednesday in marshes on the edge of Lake Salvador.
The man had gone hunting Tuesday morning and was due back by nightfall, but his 15-foot aluminum boat got stuck in mud and sank that afternoon.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew and a boat manned by St. Charles Parish Sheriff's deputies searched for the man for roughly six hours before finding him.