Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Deputies Timothy Wynn and Duane Washington are smiling now, but things were a bit more tense on Monday afternoon.
Bossier dispatchers received a 911 call, but dispatchers couldn’t hear anything on the other end of the line. A short time later, the line disconnected.
They were first on scene. Wynn and Washington knew they didn’t have a lot of time. They knew a man and his two dogs were in Lake Bistineau after their boat sank.
“We had no idea where he was on Lake Bistineau,” said Deputy Wynn. “It’s a rather large lake.”
With the Marine Patrol unit over a half-hour away, they created their own.
“I went door to door looking for somebody home who had a boat we could borrow,” said Deputy Washington. “Or that could take us out on the lake.”
“Luckily two doors down he was able to get in touch with somebody, and we were able to get rolling,” added Wynn.
Neighbor Thomas Murphree navigated the waters while the deputies kept their eyes peeled. With-in minutes they found Chris Burns and his two dogs.
“We could see him clinging to a tree,” said Washington. “You know he had one dog in one hand. He was still holding another dog.”
They began pulling them to safety, and almost ended up with another man in the water.
“I almost fell off,” said Wynn as he points to his partner. “He grabbed me.”
Quick thinking and decisive action soon had everyone safe on shore.
“We sign up for this job, you know, the good and the bad that comes with it,” said Washington. “To be able to rescue somebody and their dogs. That just puts a smile on your face.”
Burns and his dogs were rescued about an hour after his initial 911 call.
As for his sunken boat, The Bossier Marine Patrol Unit and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife were able to recover it as well.