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DESTIN — The Coast Guard and state and local responders were continuing a search for a Louisiana boater Friday morning who went missing after he reportedly fell overboard the evening before.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday evening that a boater had fallen overboard a few hundred yards off Marler Bayou in Destin and didn’t resurface, according to a news release.

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The 55-year-old man, identified as Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell Jr., was last seen in the water without a life jacket. He was wearing black swim trucks and a mint green shirt. Watchstanders launched a boat crew to conduct a search.

The Coast Guard was continuing its search at 8 a.m. Friday alongside the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Destin Fire Control District.

The search was still ongoing three hours later. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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