The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office (STSO) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) successfully participated in a search and rescue mission in St. Tammany Parish this morning, April 20.
LDWF agents received information about a 46-year-old man and 56-year-old woman from Mississippi that were missing in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Agents learned that the two people went to the Pearl River WMA to go crawfishing late last week.
LDWF agents along with STSO deputies searched the Pearl River WMA by boat while the USCG searched by helicopter. The USCG helicopter spotted a camp fire next to a vessel and the missing people around 10 a.m. this morning. The USCG helicopter then were able to let LDWF agents and STSO deputies know where the missing couple were within the WMA.
LDWF agents and STSO deputies were able to make contact with the missing people and get them to safety around noon. The missing people did not need medical attention.
LDWF agents learned that the missing people were crawfishing when their boat ran aground in the Steamboat Bayou section of the Pearl River WMA. LDWF agents were also able to get their boat unstuck and get it back to the landing.