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Missing boaters located in St. Landry Parish

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Posted at 9:57 AM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 11:55:37-04

ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. - Two missing boaters have been found safe.

During the morning hours of August 10, 2020, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, requesting assistance to find two people who went frogging in St. Martin Parish on August 8, according to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz. They did not return home and were reported missing by a family member.

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue advised that a capsized boat was located in St. Landry Parish in the waterway near Lake Fordoche. Footprints exiting the water were located on the bank and deputies were able to follow them until the terrain became impassible, Guidroz stated.

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A St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy then joined Louisiana State Police, who dispatched a pilot and helicopter to join the search near Lake Fordoche. In the afternoon hours, two people were observed lying on the ground approximately 1000 yards east of Spillway Levee Road.

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Wildlife and Fisheries agents were able to make contact with the two subjects and confirm that they were the missing boaters. Both men refused medical treatment.

“Our Search and Rescue team trains exactly for this situation," Sheriff Guidroz stated. "We have rescue boats, all terrain vehicles, drones, search dogs, and high water vehicles. Joining forces with the Louisiana State Police and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in addition to utilizing their additional assets helped locate the two missing boaters faster. I would like to commend the search efforts by all three agencies for a quick and great outcome.”

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