Father and son rescued after boat capsizes
ST. MARTIN PARISH - Rescuers pulled a father and son from Duck Lake in St. Martin Parish this morning after their boat capsized while they were duck hunting.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Russ Tircuit, 58, and his son Michael Tircuit, 25, of Addis were rescued just after 8:30 a.m. and brought to a local hospital for hypothermia treatment.
Michael called 911 around 8 a.m. and told authorities they had hit something while trying to retrieve a duck, and the boat capsized.
He said his father was wearing a kill switch, and they were able to swim to the stopped boat where they waited for rescuers.
"If the father was not wearing a kill switch, then this incident could have been a tragedy," said Col. Winton Vidrine, LDWF's Chief Law Enforcement Officer. "We have seen boating incidents similar to this one that turned fatal because the operator was not wearing a kill switch and the runaway boat hit ejected people in the water."
The LDWF Enforcement Division will investigate the incident to find out what caused the boat to capsize.