Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents successfully performed a search and
LDWF agents immediately responded to the scene to search for the men. Agents deployed a seaplane and vessels and searched all night. Around 9 am Monday morning, agents located a capsized 24-foot vessel in Lake Borgne. The LDWF seaplane then located two men waving at the plane from the banks of Lake Borgne around 10:40 am. The two men were transported to Rigolets Marina.
“We are very happy that our agents were able to find these men safe and sound and that they will be returned to their loved ones,” said Major Rachel Zechenelly, the state’s boating law administrator. “We feel that wearing personal flotation devices saved their lives as they probably would not have made it to the shore without them from where their vessel capsized. The agents did a great job of coordinating the search from the water and air to find these men quickly.”
The U.S. Coast Guard and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.