GALLIANO, LA (WVUE) - A Lafourche Parish mother launched a Facebook campaign for help and prompted a massive search. Now she wants to thank the community.
It happened when the woman's husband, son and a young nephew went missing after a Mother's Day jet ski trip ran aground near Fourchon, prompting a search involving nearly 50 boats and a Coast Guard chopper.
Jeremy Duet and two boys, Justin Duet and Cullen St. Amant, were found after they got caught on a sand bar in the waters off Bayou Lafourche,and were trapped out all night.
"I got that call, and my heart sank. I was hysterical and crying," said Shane St. Amant of Larose. "To get that call on Mother's Day was heartbreaking. I rushed to Fourchon as fast as I could."
A flotilla of local boats joined the Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies in a search that lasted all night.
"They went up on a sandbar and the tide dropped, and they got stuck out there," said St. Amant.
They were stuck for nearly 12 hours until the tide came up along Evans Canal, allowing the jet ski to escape.
"I was so thankful and glad he kept my son safe. I couldn't appreciate him any more," St. Amant said.
It was an outing that Cullen St. Amant will never forget - all on the day before his eighth birthday.
"We're gonna celebrate, that's for sure," said St. Amant.
Shane St. Amant said there is a lesson to be learned. He said any time anyone goes out in a watercraft, they should bring a cell phone.