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
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.