A search of an area of the Sabine River in Newton County has been called off following a call for a water rescue Tuesday morning.
A dispatcher in Louisiana received a 911 call saying that a pontoon boat was stuck and three people on board needed to be rescued. Louisiana officials contacted the Newton County Sheriff’s office and asked for assistance.
Newton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Anthony Ross told 12News that when deputies arrived a citizen told them that they had helped a pontoon boat get unstuck. The citizen said that the people who were on the boat loaded it on a trailer and left.
Chief Deputy Ross said the individual who made the 911 call did not call dispatch to let officials know that they had been rescued. Dispatchers tried calling the cell number used to make the 911 call multiple times, but no one answered the phone. Sheriff’s deputies with assistance from firefighters of the Little Cypress VFD began a search of the water to make sure that the pontoon boat that had been helped out of the water was the same boat. By 9:15 a.m. the search was called off and officials determined that the boat that was pulled from the water was the same boat from which the 911 call was made.