A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries official rescued nine people, including a 7-year-old girl, after a boat capsized near the beach of Grand Isle, LA.
Sergeant LDWF said in a press release that Stephen Rhodes was on patrol in Jefferson Parish at approximately 6:40 p.m. Saturday when he saw a boat carrying into the water trying to exit Rock Jetty. Rhodes recruited a passerby, who took him to his truck in an ATV where he was able to receive his patrol vessel. Then he took the ship out and took it to the overturned boat.
Arriving at the scene, Rhodes found eight people at the helm of the boat and was soon able to take many of them to his boat.
Then they told him about the girl who was drowning in the water. Rhodes then jumped, found him unresponsive under an overturned boat, and brought him out while another boat caught him.
After this, Rhodes did CPR of the girl and brought her alive.
The rescued persons were taken to Bridgeside Marina, where paramedics were there to treat them. He stabilized the child, who was later taken via airlift to the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. The agency said that he is expected to make a full recovery.
“We are extremely proud of the actions of Sgt. Rhodes. An extraordinary job of using good judgment and her training to help save the lives of this young girl and others,” LDWF Colonel Chad Hebert said in a statement. I would also like to thank all the Good Samaritans who helped with this successful rescue. Sergeant Rhodes himself was on patrol and these Good Samaritans helped him to speed up this rescue. The savings of that time may have made it possible to revive the young woman.”