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Trinity Fire Department personnel assisted in a search for a missing man, who was found dead early Wednesday morning.Trinity Fire Department personnel assisted in a search for a missing man, who was found dead early Wednesday morning.

By Tony Farkas
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A resident of Trinity County died March 21 after high winds capsized his boat in Lake Livingston.

Sheriff Woody Wallace said in a release that Jerry Lynn Bailey, 74, a resident of the Hawg Heaven subdivision, was found dead, floating in the water near his favorite fishing spot.

A search began Tuesday after authorities were notified Bailey was missing. Family members told police that he had been last seen at around 1 p.m. March 21 on his boat by a private dock. Bailey told his family members he was headed out to check fishing lines between Brown Creek, the power lines and 190 bridge near Onalaska.

Keith Johnson, Assistant Fire Chief for Trinity Fire Department, said they brought their rescue boat to assist Trinity County Sheriff’s Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife Game wardens in the search.

The search began around 6 p.m., and other agencies participated, including the Onalaska Fire Department and the Department of Public Safety, which used a helicopter.

Johnson said the search continued into the night with search crews battling high winds and choppy water; around midnight the search was suspended until Wednesday morning.

He said the search resumed at 6 a.m. multiple boats on the water and DPS in the air, searching the area north of the Highway 190 bridge. The missing boater was located at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Wallace said the boat was not located and authorities suspect it capsized in high winds.

Trinity County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Mary Wallace was called to the scene for an inquest, Johnson said.

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