JEFFERSON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – A 7-year-old girl is alive thanks to the efforts of one Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent and a handful of Good Samaritans.
On, Saturday, May 7, “LDWF Sgt. Stephen Rhodes was on patrol on the beach of Grand Isle with his patrol vessel in tow around 6:40 p.m.,” according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
While patrolling, Sgt. Rhodes saw a boat capsize after becoming stuck in some rock jetties.
Nine people were on that boat when it turned over.
Some Good Samaritans then assisted Sgt. Rhodes with the launch of his boat.
LDWF says, “Sgt. Rhodes made his way to the capsized vessel that had eight people on top of the hull.”
Sgt. Rhodes was alerted to the fact that a 7-year-old girl was somewhere underwater.
The enforcement agent made sure the eight individuals were safe before attempting to look for the missing girl.
“Sgt. Rhodes jumped in the water and located the young girl under the capsized vessel,” according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The 7-year-old was not breathing when Sgt. Rhodes took her out of the water.
CPR was administered by Sgt. Rhodes and the 7-year-old was brought back to life.
The 7-year-old is expected to survive.
“We are extremely proud of the actions of Sgt. Rhodes. He did an exceptional job of using good judgement and his training to help save the life of this young girl and the other occupants in the capsized vessel,” said Col. Chad Hebert, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. “Would also like to thank all of the good Samaritans that assisted in this successful rescue. Sgt. Rhodes was on patrol by himself and these good Samaritans helped him perform this rescue faster. That time saved probably made it possible to resuscitate the young girl.”