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NIGHT TIME WATER RESCUE - Friday, June 5, 2015

NAPOLEONVILLE--- On June 3rd, 2015, at approximately 10:45 p.m., The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 transfer call from St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office regarding a boating accident that had occurred in Bayou Chene near Mc Dermott Shipyard in the Bayou L’ourse community.  The caller stated that he and his wife capsized their boat and that his wife was on top of the overturned vessel and was unable to swim.  Dispatchers from APSO sent alerts to APSO deputies, members of the Bayou L’ourse Volunteer Fire Department, and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

Within minutes, first responders were on the scene including APSO Sergeant Bryan Guillot and Deputy Donald Aubrey Jr.  First responders reported that the female was very distraught due to the fact that she couldn’t swim and was nervous about any predatory wildlife that may be around her, all compounded by the fact that it was night time and there was limited visibility.  Recognizing that the situation was deteriorating and that action needed to be taken, Deputy Aubrey immediately notified Sergeant Guillot that he was a certified lifeguard and began taking off his equipment to attempt a rescue.  Deputy Aubrey entered the water and swam approximately 80 yards to the stranded boater at which time he stayed with her to ensure her that she was safe.  Once Dty. Aubrey was able to console the boater, he secured her with a life jacket, and swam her back to shore safely. 

A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Deputy Donald Aubrey Jr. and all of the men and women who responded to this call from supporting agencies.  This response is a testament to the teamwork between APSO and other agencies committed to public service.  Again, great job to all!

For additional information concerning this New Release, contact Sheriff Mike Waguespack at 985-637-6392 or Public Information Officer, Robert Martin at 985-369-7281 or 985-398-0430.


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