Posted: May 14, 2012 5:11 PM by WBRZ Staff
Updated: May 14, 2012 6:29 PM
Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office
BELLE RIVER - Authorities released 911 tapes this afternoon which showed the lengths people in the Belle River went to try and revive "Swamp People" star Mitchell Guist.
Guist died after collapsing in a boat shortly after it launched onto the Belle River around 9 a.m. this morning, according to Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack.
The boat turned around and someone aboard called for help. Nearby witnesses called 911, and asked for ambulances or a helicopter.
"You say he's in cardiac arrest?" the dispatcher said on the call.
"Yes sir, we're blowing and pumping the guy's chest right now," the caller said. "It looks like he may have had a heart attack."
Emergency responders took Guist to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities said they do not know the specific cause of death.
Guist was one of several Louisiana residents featured in the popular reality TV show "Swamp People". The History Channel, which films the program, released a statement saying they were "extremely saddened" by the news, and the show continue to air as scheduled.
News 2 will have more coverage tonight at 6 and 10.