POSTED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 3:34pm
ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA — Search and rescue personnel located a missing hunter alive at 12:45 p.m. today, Nov. 13, on the bank of Grand Lake in St. Bernard Parish.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and the U.S. Coast Guard found Daniel Madere, 25, of Metairie, after searching for him most of the morning.
According to Madere and his hunting partners, they were crossing Grand Lake on their way to their duck blinds at 5:15 a.m. Madere’s duck blind partner noticed that Madere was not at the blind when he was supposed to be there and doubled back to see if he was having trouble. After a brief search of the area, Madere’s duck blind partner called authorities to assist in the search.
Madere’s 16 foot flat bottom boat sank in Grand Lake in rough water. Madere was wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) and was able to grab another PFD to hold as he made his way to the bank.
Search and rescue personnel were able to get dry clothes for Madere and transported him back to the launch near Delocroix where a medical staff was waiting to check his condition.