ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Firefighters with St. Tammany Fire District #9 along with Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents are investigating a boating accident involving two adults and three children. The incident occurred Saturday at 5:29 p.m. on the Pearl River Canal near Bush.
A St. Tammany Fire official says the ages of the children are: 5,6 and 8. All three children, were wearing their life preservers at the time of the incident.
Officials say that a 16-year-old boy who was fishing in the area at the time of the accident immediately jumped in and saved two of the children. He then grabbed the t-shirt of the woman who was holding onto the third child, before the woman and child were taken away by a current. The child was found alive underneath the overturned boat a short time later.
Wildlife and Fishery crews continue to search for the missing man and woman. The children were brought to a local hospital as a precaution.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.