FEBRUARY 26, 2019
TO: ALL MEDIA OUTLETS
FROM: SHERIFF LELAND FALCON
SUBJECT: CAPSIZED BOAT / RESCUE ON LAKE
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
The Sheriff’s Office dispatched the water patrol
division at approximately 10 p.m. and searched the waterways leading to Lake
Rescuers encountered difficult weather conditions as
they approached Lake Verret. The Sheriff’s
Office requested assistance from Wildlife and Fisheries and Coast Guard air
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
The three victims were transported to area hospitals
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.