Duck Hunters Rescued After Boat Capsizes In Frigid River
Duck hunters are a different breed. It takes a lot of chutzpah or is it a lack of common sense they have. Who really wants to be in a duck blind in freezing cold temperatures.Duck hunters, that's who.
A couple of Louisiana hunters might not have made the best decision about a hunting trip in the early hours of Saturday morning. The boat in which they were riding capsized in strong waves and currents of the Mississippi River near Venice.
The captain of a pilot boat and his crew were able to pluck the men from raging current and frigid water. Authorities estimate the water temperature at the time was in the middle 50-degree range. The cold air and water temperatures were exacerbated by winds gusting as high as 40 miles an hour.
To say these guys are lucky to be alive is an understatement. It appears as though Captain Rob Buck of Sea Tow Westbank and his crew arrived on the scene in the nick of time.
They didn't have three more minutes.They were frozen, and they needed to get their clothes peeled off of them because they couldn't move or talk. They were shivering that hard.
Buck's comments were reported in a story by reporter Todd Masson of NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune.
One of the hunters explained that as the boat entered the river it was swamped by a massive wave. The boat took on water and the motor was drowned out. From that point on the two hunters were just along for the ride.
The good news in this story is that the two men were wearing life jackets. That certainly played a large part in their eventual rescue. They were taken a local hospital where they are expected to make a full recovery.