The following is a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents found and rescued a lost hunter experiencing hypothermia along the east side of Bayou Des Cannes near Iota in Acadia Parish on the evening of March 13.
Agents received a call from the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Department about a hunter whose family was concerned that he had not returned from a late evening hunt. Chris Bergeaux, 47, of Iota, was hog hunting along Bayou Des Cannes when he last contacted his family members at 5:30 p.m. with his cell phone. He told them he was going to hunt until dark then return home shortly after.
Sgt. Kane Thomas began a brief search along the east side of Bayou Des Cannes when he smelled a faint odor of smoke from burning pine needles. He searched in the direction of the smoke and heard a noise in some very thick brush. As Sgt. Thomas approached the brush he heard someone breathing and moaning.
Sgt. Thomas located Bergeaux in a semi-conscious state and suffering from severe hypothermia due to earlier submersion in water and nighttime temperatures in the low 50s. Kim Crochet, a volunteer searcher, assisted Sgt. Thomas in getting Bergeaux out of the woods and to an ambulance that was waiting nearby.
It appeared Bergeaux attempted to build a fire to keep warm before he became disoriented and lethargic.
Bergeaux was transported to the Jennings American Legion Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and later released.
Also assisting in the search was Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office personnel and Acadian Ambulance Service.