Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents performed a successful search and rescue mission of an overdue boater in Cameron Parish.
Agents received information about a kayaker that was overdue on the afternoon of Nov. 18 on the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). LDWF agents immediately conducted a search of the area and were able to find the missing 38-year-old Lake Charles resident around 9 a.m. on Nov. 19.
The man was found about a mile from the place he launched his kayak. According to the kayaker, he went out duck hunting on the morning of Nov. 18 when he got lost and couldn’t find his way back to the launch. He attempted to call for help but was unable to get service on his cell phone.
Agents were able to retrieve the man and his kayak and get him back to the launch where an ambulance transported him to the Cal Cam Hospital in Sulphur for treatment of mild hypothermia.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.