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July 8, 2013

Boater missing in Southeast Texas barge accident

PORT ARTHUR — Searchers are trying to locate a Southeast Texas man after a collision between his boat and a barge being pushed by a tugboat.

The Coast Guard says the search continued Monday along the Intracoastal Waterway near Sabine (suh-BEEN') Lake.

Petty Officer Manda Emery says the tugboat captain called the Coast Guard after the accident Sunday afternoon. Emery identified the missing man as 56-year-old John Tran of Bridge City. She says Tran was in a pleasure craft.

The Coast Guard says the smaller boat sank but has been located under water. The tugboat wasn't damaged.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused the accident on the Orange County side of the waterway.

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