Just before 10:00 pm Wednesday evening, June 21, 2017, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call that 2 boaters had not returned or contacted family since 6:00 am that morning. According to a family member of one of the boaters, the 2 male subjects and a dog set out in an aluminum boat from the Verdunville boat landing in St. Mary Parish and were bound for Duck Lake in St. Martin Parish. Search efforts at that time were hindered by hazardous weather conditions. Members of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Section, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries searched for the missing boaters. Agencies were assisted by a group of residents who utilized their personal water craft in the search. Based on the information in the investigation, the search operation was coordinated between agencies.
At around 10:45 am, the boaters and pet dog were found safe in Banister Canal also known as the DOE Pipeline in St. Martin Parish.
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