Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents rescued four crewmen from a sinking commercial shrimp boat on Sept. 29 in Timbalier Bay.
Agents responded to a distress call yesterday afternoon from the "Hippy Boy", which was located west of Belle Pass and taking on water.
Upon arrival, agents observed the 45-foot vessel resting low in the water, listing on the starboard side with waves crashing on the deck. The agents also observed four crewmen gathered on the vessel's highest point and signaling to be rescued.
Agents maneuvered their 32-foot patrol vessel to the port rear quarter of the "Hippy Boy" while dodging nets that were drifting near the vessel. One agent boarded the "Hippy Boy" to ensure that all of the crew were uninjured and assisted them into the patrol vessel. The "Hippy Boy" eventually sank and remains in approximately eight feet of water.
The four crewmen safely rescued were Lenh Thach, 45, Phuong Tu Tran, 56, Tin Huu Mai, 43, all of Gretna, and Tuan Tran, 41, of Beaumont, Texas. Agents transported the four crewmen to the Fourchon Harbor Police to be evaluated and reunited with their families.
The cause of the vessel sinking has not yet been determined.
Agents participating in the rescue were Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert and Agent Ronnie Engelhard.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.