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Capsized Boat / Rescue on Lake Verret - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

DATE:             TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019
TO:                  ALL MEDIA OUTLETS
FROM:            SHERIFF LELAND FALCON
SUBJECT:      CAPSIZED BOAT / RESCUE ON LAKE VERRET

 

 

NAPOLEONVILLE – Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland Falcon reports that on Monday evening, the Sheriff’s Office received a welfare concern regarding three individuals who were overdue from a fishing trip out of Bayou Corne.

The Sheriff’s Office dispatched the water patrol division at approximately 10 p.m. and searched the waterways leading to Lake Verret.

Rescuers encountered difficult weather conditions as they approached Lake Verret.  The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from Wildlife and Fisheries and Coast Guard air support.

As a result of a combined effort, the first individual was pulled from the water at approximately 1:30 a.m. on the northwest side of the lake.  The man advised that as he got into the lake at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, he encountered rough water and his boat capsized, forcing all 3 persons into the water.

At some point the individuals were separated by the rough water and weather conditions.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., a Coast Guard chopper located the remaining two people both in the water.  They were quickly rescued by the water patrol, in the area of the cove on the Pierre Part side of Lake Verret.

All three were wearing Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices.

The three victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

Sheriff Falcon expresses his appreciation to the Coast Guard and Wildlife and Fisheries.  "Due to the combined effort, this was a great outcome for the three people who were ultimately rescued”, Sheriff Falcon said.

 

For additional information concerning this News Release, contact Sheriff Leland Falcon or Public Information Officer, Lonny Cavalier at 985-369-7281.


 

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