Two duck hunters stuck in the marsh near Adams Bayou and the Inter-Coastal Waterway in Orange were rescued by Sheriff Keith Merritt after calling the Orange County Sheriff's Office for help on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at about 7:40 a.m.
According to a news release from OCSO, the hunters were attempting to navigate a duck blind when the boat became stuck in the icy muck. The two men reportedly tired to free the boat for several hours but were unsuccessful.
After receiving notification of the incident from dispatch, Sheriff Merritt launched the OCSO airboat and located the men. He brought the grateful men safely onto the airboat and was able to pull the hunter's boat into navigable water.
The sheriff said he "wants the citizens of Orange County to kow that when you are in an emergency situation, whether it be on land or in the waterways of Orange County, please call the sheriff's office and we will do everything we can to help. That is what were are here to do, help people."
Call (409) 883-2612 in Orange County to reach the sheriff's office.