Deputies discuss rescuing stranded family
POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014 - 7:59pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 8:55am
St MARY PARISH, LA (NBC33) — Two St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Deputies spoke out Monday about their experience rescuing a family stuck stranded on Pellegrin Cut across Fourleague Bay from Halters Island in Terrebonne Parish. The Orlando family from Berwick went fishing Saturday, but when they didn't come back home Sunday the search began. Lieutenant Ross Mire of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division and Major Gary Driskell said they searched the water for the family when they found a house boat.
"We seen a small camp boat as we got closer we observed a boat that fit the description that they were in," Driskell said. "As we got closer we noticed the boat motor cover was off, and we just knew then it just have to be them. "
Deputies say the family appeared to have been sleeping, but when they heard the deputies they were thankful.
"Actually (the Orlandos daughter)she said wait are ya'll here to save us. I said well ya'll are safe we're here to rescue you," Mire said.
Driskell and Mire were able to bring the family back to Berwick.
"It's a great feeling to be able to find somebody safe and sound. They were in good spirits good condition. They took good care of each other," Driskell said.
"On the way back, I talked to his daughter," Mire said. "She was telling me how they spent their time. She said it was boring there were no board games on the houseboat. They caught crabs and cooked them that's what they ate and a catfish. "
Mire says when it comes to being on the water you have to be prepared for emergencies.
First make sure your boat is in good condition, and do regular maintenance.
Second pack extra gear.
"Also, have those necessary items we carry blankets extra water. You want more than enough than just for that trip," Mire said.
Third make sure you communicate your boating plans.
"Let friends and family know where you are going. How long your going to be out," Driskell said.