04-11-2006, 09:05 AM #1
2 rescued after hours in lake - was this hoss?
2 rescued after hours in lake
Monday, April 10, 2006
By Bob Ussery
Suffering from leg cramps after nearly five hours in chilly water, two 20-year-olds were rescued from Lake Pontchartain by a Coast Guard helicopter Saturday night after their personal watercraft broke down.
Braden Marshland and Kyle Nugent, believed to be from the north shore, were hoisted onto the helicopter about 10 p.m. near Madisonville, Lt. Olav Saboe, a pilot, said.
Working with a Coast Guard boat and boats from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Saboe and co-pilot Lt. Craig Murray searched for nearly three hours using night-vision goggles before finding Marshland and Nugent.
The helicopter was sent out about 7:15 p.m. Two other men swam to shore, but reported that Marshland and Nugent were not accounted for.
The missing men were found in chest-deep water about a half-mile from shore.
PO Justin Kirchmann, a flight mechanic, lowered a basket to the men and took them into the helicopter. Dave Foreman, a rescue swimmer, provided the initial medical treatment.
Saboe said the life preservers the men wore helped them survive despite the severe cramping.
"I'm not sure how much longer they could have held out," Saboe said.
Besides, Saboe said, "we were running low on fuel."
Marshland and Nugent, who had set out from the mouth of the Tchefuncte River, were taken to Madisonville and turned over to sheriff's deputies for further care.
04-11-2006, 09:36 AM #2
NO! I wish I was 20 again though. That was across the lake from me. They said a total of 4 people. On a jetski? That can`t be fun. Wonder what ski it was? May have to go look for an oil sheen.
04-11-2006, 09:56 AM #3Originally Posted by HOSS
04-11-2006, 10:08 AM #4
- Join Date
- Jun 2005
- near detroit michigan
GOOD luck with that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! feeling old when hanging out with 20 yr olds.
04-11-2006, 10:09 AM #5
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