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Sheriff Blaise Smith and the deputies of the SMPSO are advising the public to use EXTREME CAUTION when boating/hunting in St. Mary’s waters due to the low water levels we are experiencing.
Chief Deputy Gary Driskell announced today that the SMPSO Marine Division has answered 66 calls for service since January, with a spike of calls over the past week. “People come to hunt and fish, however they don’t realize that the water levels are so low. They get stranded and we get a call for rescue. With these temperatures combined with the low water, it could be a dangerous situation.”
Lt. Gary Keller urges hunters to consider the changes in the sandbars in the Atchafalaya Basin. “Just because you hunted a particular spot last year or the year before, doesn’t mean that you will be able to access that same spot this year.”
The SMPSO Marine Division urges boaters and hunters to leave a float plan with their family or friends that details where they are going and when they will return.
Other important preparations include having a fully charged phone, food, water, survival bag of supplies, and adequate fuel, to mention a few “must-have” items.
Use extreme caution and be safe!