Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) deputies successfully completed a search and rescue mission of two lost hikers in Catahoula Parish on Aug. 18.

LDWF agents and CPSO deputies were notified in the evening about two lost brothers from Baton Rouge who were hiking on the J.C. Sonny Gilbert Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Agents were able to talk to the older 20-year-old brother and found out that him and his 11-year-old brother didn’t have any food or water and had been lost for three hours.

CPSO deputies and LDWF agents immediately responded to the scene and located their vehicle. The deputies and agents were able to use the sirens on their vehicles, which the lost subjects were able to hear in the distance.

Due to the lost subjects being fatigued and unable to walk towards the sirens CPSO deputies and an LDWF agent entered the woods on foot. Shortly afterwards, they located the lost subjects and assisted them out of the woods to an awaiting ambulance for treatment before being released.

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