Posted: Jun 25, 2012 2:49 PM by Brian Waldrep, Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 25, 2012 5:17 PM
Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office
PIERRE PART - A Baton Rouge couple whose boat sank this weekend in Lake Verrett spent hours up a tree to avoid alligators, until they were rescued by sheriff's deputies.
The couple were found early Monday morning by Assumption Parish Sheriff's deputies. They were 15 feet up a cypress tree in a swamp that outlines Lake Verrett.
They said around 5 p.m. Sunday they had a mechanical failure on their 14-foot aluminum fishing boat, and waves eventually swamped and sank it. They swam toward the trees off Lake Verrett and waited for help or a passing boater.
Before it got dark, they noticed alligators in the area moving in their direction so they chose to climb cypress trees to escape the threat of the gators.
The sheriff's office launched a search Sunday evening after the couple didn't return, and found them just after midnight. They were examined by the Pierre Part Fire and Rescue and Acadian Ambulance, then taken back to their vehicle at the launch.
The boat was also recovered by the sheriff’s office and transported back the landing.
News 2's Kristy Davis will have more on this couple's dramatic story tonight at 10 p.m.