Pointe Coupee residents talk boating safety at community meeting days after boating accident

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Days after a boating accident that involved three children, the Pointe Coupee community is coming together to make sure they never happen again.

“Operating a boat is no different than operating a vehicle, you have to abide by all safety rules and regulations,” Sheriff Rene’ Thibodeaux said.

Residents of Pointe Coupee Parish say the False River has been their best kept secret, but not as of late with the growing number of boaters.

Major Thibaut, the parish president, believes the pandemic is a big reason why the river has gained so much recent popularity.  

“It seems like when everybody couldn’t go to Florida, when everybody couldn’t go to Gulf Shores, they decided they’d come to False River,” said Thibaut.     

Residents who live along the river attended the meeting to address issues surrounding the river. A big issue addressed was people coming inside the No Wake Zone, where children swim.

Thibaut hopes that with the help of both the sheriff and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the community can enforce laws and boating education for those using the river.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries provided boat safety information to help people have a better understanding of what can and cannot be done on the waters.

Parish leaders, with the help of the community, are looking into possibly changing legislation for the river.

“It’s a beautiful river, it’s for everybody to enjoy, to come out here and have safe weekend, and then go back home,” Thibodeaux said. 

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