COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN RESCUED AT NIGHT

Release Date: 05/22/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents rescued three crab fishermen after their boat sank in White Lake in Vermilion parish on May 9.  The three fishermen were identified as Michael Broussard, 35, Jeffery Ronsonette, 27, and Daryl Fluke all from Charenton.


At approximately 10:30 p.m., agents received a phone call from the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's office in regards to a crabber who had not returned from an earlier trip to White Lake.  The wife of one of the crabbers stated that her husband left their residence in Charenton at 4:30 a.m. to move his crab traps from Grand Lake to White Lake.  Agents immediately proceeded to White Lake to conduct a search of the area.


Sgt. Aaron Monceaux and Agent Derek Logan proceeded towards a small fire on the southwest bank of White Lake.  Due to the rough seas, agents could not maneuver their patrol boat up to the beach near the fire.  Sgt. Monceaux removed his gun belt and waded to the bank, while Agent Logan kept the boat from beaching due to the high winds and rough seas.  The three men were assisted back to the patrol boat and transported to Talens Landing in Klondike. 


Other Agents assisting in the rescue were Sgt. David Sanford and Agent Beau Robertson.


For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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