Waves capsize boat; winds down trees, power lines

Couple rescued after jet boat capsizes
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(Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
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Part of a downed tree blocks Dalzell Street at Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport the afternoon of July 29. (Source: Curtis Heyen/KSLA News 12)
Part of a downed tree blocks Dalzell Street at Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport the afternoon of July 29. (Source: Curtis Heyen/KSLA News 12)
A utility pole snapped on South Lakeshore Drive near Cross Lake. (Source: Javonti Thomas/KSLA News 12)
A utility pole snapped on South Lakeshore Drive near Cross Lake. (Source: Javonti Thomas/KSLA News 12)

(KSLA) - A boat capsized on Red River as storms rolled into the Shreveport-Bossier City area.

Authorities confirm it happened about 2:37 p.m. Sunday near Red River South Marina.

That's about five miles south of the Jimmie Davis Bridge on the Bossier Parish side of the river.

"The best thing to do when you have these kind of conditions pop up is to try to get to some piece of land," said Frank Reger, lieutenant with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. "Get to shore and stay there, sometimes that's the best thing to do."

A manager there confirms that those who were on the boat have been rescued and are safe.

A couple said they spent about 10 minutes in the water after heavy waves flipped their boat, tossing them into the river.

Their boat was disabled due to a malfunction and was being towed in when it capsized.

The man and woman were rescued by the person towing their boat.

Elsewhere, wind gusts associated with the storms also downed trees and power lines throughout the area.

No injuries have been reported.

AEP/SWEPCO is reporting 16,220 customers without service.

The bulk of the outages are in Louisiana, including:

  • Bienville: 89
  • Bossier: 3,039
  • Caddo: 9,510
  • DeSoto: 1,804
  • Natchitoches: 701
  • Red River: 193
  • Webster: 340

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