Two kayakers missing after rescue mission on Tangipahoa River Saturday
AMITE - Heavy rainfall late Friday night into early Saturday morning created flash flooding on several roads in Tangipahoa Parish and prompted a search a rescue mission.
According to Parish President Robby Miller, several parish roadways experienced high water, including Neal Rd., Bennett Rd., Hayden Rd. and South River Rd.
Rising water in the northern portion of the Tangipahoa River also caused a group of visiting kayakers to capsize.
According to Miller, the travelers launched four kayaks into the river near LA 10. A short time later, all four kayaks capsized at different points on the river between LA 10 and LA 16 east of Amite.
Miller said one victim was able to call 9-1-1 with his cell phone that was concealed in a dry pack hanging around his neck.
The 9-1-1 call prompted a multi-agency response to search and rescue the capsized crew, according to Miller.
As of 4:00 p.m. Saturday, two of the four travelers have been found and rescued, Miller said.
Emergency crews along with U.S. Customs officials were searching a wooded area on the east side of the river to locate the remaining two travelers, Miller said.