BPSO: 3 men rescued after boat sank at Bodcau Dam - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

BPSO: 3 men rescued after boat sank at Bodcau Dam

Courtesy: Walker Williams (center) Courtesy: Walker Williams (center)

Three Minden teenagers were rescued from Bodcau Dam after their boat sank Monday morning.

Bossier Parish deputies say it happened around 7:30 a.m. at the Bodcau Dam. Deputies say three men were out duck hunting when their boat started to sink. All three men were able to grab onto a tree before the boat went under water. One of the men called 911 from his cell phone.

One of the survivors 17-year-old Walker Williams, a Glennbrook High School student explained to KSLA News 12 the hunting trip took a turn for the worse 30 minutes into it. "We were just paddling the boat, we got in this little brush pile, I guess we hit a stump or something and my friend stood up," said Williams, adding that as soon as his friend stood up in the boat, it started immediately filling with water. 

With their boat sinking quickly, they only had one choice: jump out. "Yeah it was pretty scary, I didn't really know what to do," said Williams. 

The high school seniors clung to a few trees, left soaking wet in the chilly 40-degree weather. Luckily Williams said their life vests and waders provided them with some warmth. "Before we called 911, we waited about 20 minutes or so, we couldn't figure out what to do," said Williams. 

The water damaged two of their phones but luckily, they were able to use William's phone to call for help. That's also when a stranger offered them some help. "Right after I called 911 there was a man, that just so happen to be out there in his little boat, going duck hunting too, and he got all our guns for us and took them back to the truck for us," he said.

To their relief, Bossier Parish deputies along with Fire District 1 responded to the call. Firefighters were able to get to the men using a rescue boat.

Williams thinks the size of their 10 ft aluminum boat had something to do with their scary experience. "It was just a little bitty boat, there was three people in it and I don't think it's made for 3 people," he said.

Williams claims he and his friends have learned their lesson and will make sure their boat is big enough next time around.

No one was injured. No official word on what caused the boat to sink.

Experts recommend the following tips for duck hunters:

  • Always carry a waterproof fire-starting kit in a pocket. If you get wet, being able to start a fire is crucial to staving off hypothermia.
  • Have your boat, motor, and trailer serviced before the season starts. Make sure everything mechanical is in good running order and that batteries are at full charge.
  • Always wear a certified personal flotation device when running or paddling a boat.
  • Never go hunting without telling somebody where you're going and when you expect to return.
  • Stock your boat or ATV box with safety gear: survival rations, rope, flare gun, space blanket, hand axe, whistle, etc.
  • Attach a small compass to your parka via pin or string. This way, it'll always be there when you need it.
  • Never attempt to run an overloaded boat. If hunting on a large river or lake, use a boat that's big enough to handle rough water.
  • Treat every gun as if it's loaded, even when you're sure it's not.
  • Before each hunt, open your gun's action and check the muzzle for obstructions.
  • Carry a cell phone in a waterproof plastic bag when hunting. Cell phone service is available in most places around the country. If an emergency arises, you can call for help.
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