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Boater rescued from White Lake after 5 hours in water

Posted at 5:08 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 18:35:53-05

A boater was rescued after being ejected from his boat and becoming stranded in open water for five hours on White Lake

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office says that at 1:25 pm  Tuesday, December 18, 2018, officers received a call of an unoccupied boat in White Lake.

VPSO Marine personnel, as well as local air support requested by the Sheriff’s Office, were dispatched to the area and were able to locate and rescue the individual.

Deputies say the individual has been transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Sheriff Mike Couvillon says that the boater had been in the water since 9:00 am Tuesday morning after hitting a log and being ejected from his boat.  The boater was then left clinging to a survival floatation device nearly one mile from his boat.

He was rescued shortly after 2:15 pm this afternoon.