Missing Berwick boaters rescued (updated)
Four members of a Berwick family whose boat caught fire Saturday were found safe in a houseboat Sunday in Terrebonne Parish after being reported missing Sunday evening, according to a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.
At 6:22 p.m., the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division was activated after receiving a report that a family of four from Berwick did not return from a boating trip.
Peter and Jennifer Orlando along with their son and daughter, ages 12 and 15, left from the Berwick Boat Landing at about 9 a.m. Saturday bound for the Halters Island area, the release stated. The family did not return to the landing in Berwick as expected. All of the family’s mobile phones were sending calls to voicemail, the release said.
The sheriff’s office was contacted Sunday evening. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division deputies along with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for the missing boaters.
Lt. Ross Mire of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and Major Gary Driskell spotted the family’s boat in Pellegrin Cut across Fourleague Bay from Halters Island in Terrebonne Parish, the news release said. The deputies located all four members of the family safe inside a small houseboat at about 9:55 p.m. All were in good health and were transported back to the Berwick Boat Landing where other family members were awaiting their arrival, the release said.
On Saturday, Peter Orlando’s boat motor failed and caught fire. Using a fire extinguisher, Orlando put out the flames and used his trolling motor to reach land. The family then took refuge in a small houseboat anchored nearby, the release stated.