Woman saved from Bogue Chitto in Bush

Published 4:14 am Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Law enforcement officials may have saved a 68-year-old woman from drowning in the Bogue Chitto River on Sunday, according to information from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The STPSO’s Marine Division was dispatched to the Lock Three Canal on the Bogue Chitto River in the Bush area just after noon Sunday, after the woman reportedly got caught in the current of the low head dam’s sill, while attempting to rescue her dog.

The woman’s dog was swimming and became caught up in the current, STPSO officials said. A male friend attempted to rescue the dog and was able to grab the dog’s collar, but the collar slipped off and the dog went over the sill. The woman then entered the water in another failed attempt to save the dog and became caught in the sill current herself, officials said.

A STPSO deputy with the Marine Division arrived on scene in a rescue boat. Together with members of St. Tammany Parish Fire District No. 9, they were able to locate the woman, grab her out of the current and pull her to safety. Acadian Ambulance was standing by at the boat launch and transported the woman to the hospital with moderate injuries.