Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents rescued two stranded boaters last night, Sept. 12, on Lake Pontchartrain in St. John the Baptist Parish.
Agents were notified about 9:15 p.m. of two boaters who were stranded in between Manchac Pass and Frenier Landing on Lake Pontchartrain. The 45 and 32 year old men called authorities after the motor on their bass boat stalled and high winds pushed the vessel toward the rocky shoreline.
Since the men could not be reached anymore by cell phone and didn’t possess a GPS, agents searched a wide area before hearing a faint voice from the rock sea wall. Agents found the two men on the rock sea wall after they abandoned their swamped boat from the crashing three foot seas.
The agents were able to safely get close enough to the rocks to get the two men in their patrol vessel around midnight. The agents then transported the men to the Frenier boat launch where the men received minor medical treatment from the Acadian ambulance before being released.
LDWF Agents Jeffrey Farmer and Patrick Dempsey participated in the search. St. John the Baptist Sheriff’s Office, Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard also participated in the search.