Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

A Man and Two Boys Rescued from Sinking Shrimp Vessel in Vermilion Bay

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June 27, 2017

BATON ROUGE: A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent rescued three people from a sinking vessel in Vermilion Bay this morning, June 27.

Agents were alerted around 5:30 a.m. about a sinking shrimp vessel in Vermillion Bay with three people on board.  LDWF Sgt. Mitch Darby responded by boat to the scene and was able to rescue a 55 year old New Iberia man, 14 year old boy and 11 year old boy.

Sgt. Darby then transported the rescued people to a boat launch where family members were waiting.  The 55 year old and 14 year old sustained minor injuries in the incident.

According to the rescued 55 year old, they were in route to go shrimping on a 20 foot vessel when they struck a submerged object causing their vessel to begin sinking.  The man said they were just about to enter the water with personal flotation devices when Sgt. Darby showed up with the rescue vessel.

Original Press Release http://www.wlf.louisiana. gov/news/41289

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