Three local teens hailed as heroes after boating accident on river
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - For Sulphur teenagers Kyle Dupre, Ryan Carroll and Caleb Landry, a fun Saturday trip on the river quickly turned into a matter of life and death.
"We were just going to go fish, go wakeboarding and stuff," said Ryan Carroll. "That was the last thing I was expecting to do".
"We heard a really loud banging sound and some screaming," said Kyle Dupre. "We hurried up, reeled our fishing poles in and went out there."
Officials say a pontoon boat and a bass boat collided, damaging both vessels and throwing nearly a dozen people in the water. Dupre, Carroll and Landry were the true first responders on the scene.
"We helped until everyone arrived onto the scene. It seemed like forever, but it was fast," Dupre said.
Not only were they in the right place at the right time, they were all equipped with the right knowledge to handle the situation. Dupre had just passed his final life guarding test hours before the accident.
"Something was wrong with his chest and it kind of took him a while so we threw him a throw cushion and got him to hold his head back so his airwaves were open," Dupre said.
"We went to boater safety course and we all know how to drive the boats good," Carrroll said. "I went over there and talked to them and we waited about 45 minutes until the wildlife and fisheries, fire department and everybody else came to help everybody out of the water."
"We were there to pretty much calm him down and do our best to at least," Landry said. "There was only one person that was kind of in shock and freaking out a little bit but other than that everyone was pretty calm."
It's a fishing trip they'll never forget, but they say it's a lesson boaters can learn from too.
"If you're at an emergency where a boat is coming at you, know which way to turn... If they're turning one way, turn the other way," Dupre said.
Three people were taken to the hospital as a result of the crash. At last check one had been released while the other two remained stable in good condition. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the accident remains under investigation.
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