Sunken boat prompts rescue on D’arbonne

A man was rescued from the chilly waters of Lake D’arbonne Wednesday morning after his boat sank during high winds.

The Farmerville Police Department reported residents of Dozier Creek Subdivision heard a person in distress on the water about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. A man in a life vest was seen about 150 yards offshore caught in large waves from high winds.

Emergency services were contacted with the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office, Farmerville Fire & Rescue, Farmerville Police, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Pafford EMS responding. The first rescuers were on the scene in less than five minutes, according to Farmerville PD. The Sheriff’s Office launched it watercraft and another boat nearby responded. 

A 37-year-old male was rescued and taken to Dozier Creek and was transported by Pafford EMS to Union General Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia. 

The man was fishing in the channel when the high winds and extremely rough water caused his boat to sink. He was recovered about 400 yards away from the sunken boat.

Farmerville PD extended its thanks to Mike Hatten, Stacie Hatten and Jordan Huckaby for their assistance in the rescue.


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