Deputy uses lifeguard training to save boater
NAPOLEONVILLE - An Assumption Parish sheriff's deputy is being credited for the rescue of a stranded boater who couldn't swim near the Bayou L'ourse community this week.
The sheriff's office said Deputy Donald Aubrey Jr. used his training as a lifeguard to save a woman who was stranded on a capsized boat in Bayou Chene near the McDermott Shipyard.
Deputies said they received a 911 call of a boating accident around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. The caller said he and his wife capsized their boat and his wife was stranded on the vessel, unable to swim. APSO deputies, members of the Bayou L'ourse Volunteer Fire Department, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries were dispatched to help.
The sheriff's office said Aubrey and APSO Sergeant Bryan Guillot were among the first to reach the scene. First responders said the woman stuck on the boat was very distraught because she couldn't swim, and was worried about snakes or alligators that may be in the water.
Aubrey told Guillot he was a certified lifeguard and swam 80 yards out to the boat, staying with the woman until he could get a life jacket on her and swim her back to shore safely.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said they owed Aubrey and the other rescuers a "huge debt of gratitude" for their teamwork.