Three Stranded Boaters in Louisiana Rescued by Search and Rescue Team in Cameron Parish
Cameron Parish, Louisiana – A search and rescue team in Cameron Parish rescued three stranded boaters in Louisiana.
On May 30, 2023, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reported that they, along with the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) rescued three stranded boaters in Cameron Parish on May 28.
Around 12:50 p.m. on May 28, LDWF and the CPSO were contacted by three persons in a vessel taking on water in the Gulf of Mexico just outside the Rockefeller Refuge. LDWF officers and a CPSO deputy reacted promptly to the scene and discovered the three boaters on a rock jetty, learning that two of them could not swim.
The LDWF officers and the CPSO deputy were able to toss a life ring to the boaters and pull them back to their vessel, where they were taken back to land. The three boaters were all rescued safely, with only minor cuts and bruises.
Authorities discovered the three boaters were fishing near the Rockefeller Refuge when they encountered heavy waves that sank the boat they were in. As they tried to leave, the motor was locked and inoperable. The waves then drove the vessel against the rocks, causing the boaters to abandon the boat and climb up the rocks, where they called for aid.
LDWF Agent Chelsea Moudry, Rockefeller Refuge Biologist Manager Phillip Trosclair, and CPSO Deputy Anthony Suire were all involved in the successful search and rescue.