Man drowns in Sabine River near Starks, CPSO investigating - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Man drowns in Sabine River near Starks, CPSO investigating

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STARKS, LA (KPLC) -

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the drowning death of a DeQuincy man in the Sabine River early Sunday morning, according to CPSO spokeswoman, Kim Myers. 

According to Myers, the drowning happened in the Sabine River near Old Pump Plant Road in Starks around 7:45 a.m.

When deputies arrived, they learned that James J. Mason, 37, was fishing off the bank of the river holding his 1-year-old baby. It is believed he possibly had a seizure which caused him to fall into the river with the baby.  

The man who owned the camp where Mason was fishing heard the screams of a lady who heard a splash and realized Mason and his baby had fallen into the river. 

A neighbor of the camp owner was able to rescue the baby, but after jumping in the water, the camp owner was unable to find Mason.

The CPSO Marine Division and Dive Team were called out and they were able to locate Mason's body around 11:30 a.m.

The investigation is continuing.

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