Couple climbs cypress trees to escape alligators

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Pierre Part, La. - A Baton Rouge couple whose boat broke down in Assumption Parish spent hours in 15 foot cypress trees as alligators circled below. The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office helped rescue the couple after receiving notice from the couple's family that they were missing following a noon boating trip to Lake Verrett.

Just after midnight, deputies located the man and woman about 15 feet high in a cypress tree about a half mile south of the Cracker Head Canal in a cypress swamp which outlines Lake Verrett. The couple stated that their 14-foot Monarch boat had a mechanical failure and sank.

As the couple began to swim towards some trees, they noticed alligators in the area moving in their direction. They climbed cypress trees to escape the threat and stayed there several hours, hoping for a passing boat.

The rescued Baton Rouge couple have only been identified as a 45-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman. They were brought to Joe Gaudet's Boat Landing in Pierre Part where they were examined by the Pierre Part Fire and Rescue and Acadian Ambulance. They were later transported back to their vehicle parked at the launch. The Boat was also recovered by the Sheriff's Office and transported back the landing.