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Grandfather, grandson found alive after 13 hour search


Lafitte, La. - Search and rescue crews have found a grandson and grandfather safe after they did not return from a fishing trip Wednesday.

A La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plane spotted the overdue boaters waving their arms with their boat tied up to a camp around 9am Thursday. 

The seaplane called in the location for rescue crews on the water in boats to respond.  The rescue crews were able to escort the boaters back to Joe's Landing in Lafitte.  The pair was in good health when found.

Search crews received word around 8pm Wednesday about a grandfather and grandson who did not return home from a boating trip.  According to the family, the 72-year-old grandfather and 15-year-old grandson both from Gretna departed Joe's landing at 7 a.m.

The rescue crews searched throughout the night for the two missing boaters until they were found about seven miles from Joe's landing.

According to the grandfather, they were trying to get back to the landing, but became disoriented when it got too dark and they decided to find a place to tie their 19 foot boat up to for the night.


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