Two near drownings in Johnson Bayou

By Cyndi Sellers

Two DeRidder area women were rescued from drowning in a possible rip tide on Sunday afternoon, and one remains in intensive care. The Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call at 1:17 p.m. on May 16 that two adult women seemed to be in distress in the water at Long Beach in Johnson Bayou. Upon arrival officers found that bystanders had managed to pull one woman to the beach, but she was unresponsive. The other woman was still in the water, clinging to a pole out by the breakwater rocks.

The first deputy on the scene began performing CPR on the unresponsive woman, while other deputies, along with bystanders and the Johnson Bayou/Holly Beach Fire Department were able to rescue the other woman.

Both women were transported to the Southeast Texas Medical Center, where the first remained in ICU on Wednesday.