St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith advises that over the last 7 days, the Marine Section of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the following incidents:
Call Out, stranded boat: January 6, 2019, 5:45 am, Wax Lake Delta, Gadwell Pass.
Deputies with the Marine Section were contacted by dispatch in reference to two duck hunters in a vessel that had run aground at the Delta and needed assistance to free his boat.
The deputies made contact with the hunter via cell phone and the hunters provided GPS coordinates to their location. The deputies launched a vessel and upon arriving at the location observed two hunters with a surface drive type vessel stranded. The deputies got the hunters to secure a towline to the vessel. The boat was successfully towed to good water, and the hunters were able to return to the Calumet Boat Launch under their own power.
Regular Patrol, stranded boat: January 9, 2019, 11:34 am, Wax Lake Delta, Camp Pass.
Deputies with the Marine Section were contacted by dispatch in reference to three duck hunters that were stranded.
The deputies made contact with the hunter via cell phone and learned that the hunters had experienced engine failure. The battery had died and they could not start the outboard. The hunters provided coordinates to their location.
Upon arrival, the deputies observed the three hunters seated in a surface drive vessel. A towline was attached to the boat and the hunters boarded the patrol vessel. The stricken vessel was towed to the Cabot Boat Launch without incident.
Public Information Officer
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office