Inclement Weather Contributes to Death of Three-Year-old Child in Raceland
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported Tuesday’s inclement weather and ongoing downpours led to numerous streets flooding and also led to an unfortunate accident which occurred on Hospital Drive in the Raceland community. At approximately 1:20 PM the Sheriff’s Office received a call stating that a child had fallen into a drainage canal and was swept away by the strong current brought on by today’s heavy rainfall.
Deputies responded and learned that a three-year-old was playing outside in the back yard and when the child’s caretaker went out to retrieve him and upon calling out to him, the child ran and fell into the ditch. Immediate efforts to retrieve him were unsuccessful. LPSO personnel arrived on scene and began a search of the canal. Approximately 15 minutes later, the child’s father located him amongst the weeds about 75 yards downstream.
Efforts to revive the child were immediately initiated but were regretfully unsuccessful.
“During times such as these, words are hard to come by which can express our deep sorrow for the loss of a young life”, stated Sheriff Webre.
Posted on Tue, April 14, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette