Two rescued after being stranded on Rutherford Beach rock barrier

Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 9:06 PM CDT
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Creole, LA (KPLC) - After a rescue was made Tuesday at Rutherford Beach, the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office had a warning for beach-goers.

Temperatures are heating up, summer is just around the corner. That means more and more people are enjoying the beaches of Cameron Parish, but the fun in the gulf can quickly turn dangerous.

Rock barriers were constructed to help with erosion along the coast. Many people attempt to fish from them, or swim out to them when the tide is low. Just this week two people were stranded at the rocks on Rutherford Beach and had to be rescued.

“When the deputies got there, they did locate a 20 year old white female and a 19 year old white male,” Chief Deputy Chris Savoie said.

Savoie said the pair was on the rocks when the tide came in. Deputies swam out to give them live preservers.

“While this was going on,” Savoie said. “Our dispatch had contacted a local citizen to ask if he could assist with a small boat.”

The sheriff’s boats are too big to be used in the shallow water near the rocks so when things like this happen they have to rely on the community’s resources.

Two citizens arrived in a boat to pick up the stranded people and deputies.

“Everybody was checked out with EMS and everybody checked out okay and everybody was sent on their way,” Savoie said.

Authorities know the rocks are popular to fish from or swim to, but they warn of the dangers.

“We love people to come visit down here, come visit our beaches and spend time on our beaches. We just ask them to be aware that the rocks are not there for us to go out on or go fish on. They have a lot of rip currents that come around these rocks because of their structures that the tide-current goes around them in a funny way. And it just makes for a hazardous situation,” Savoie said.

He said not only are the rocks slippery, but sharp, jagged, and can be covered in barnacles.

The Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office asked that everyone visiting the beaches to be mindful of other safety measures too, like not driving on the dunes and watching out for wildlife nesting areas.

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