Release Date: 01/22/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents rescued Mitchell Guist, 43, of Gonzales, on the St. James track of the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area on Dec. 27.

At approximately 8 p.m., agents received a call that a truck and boat trailer had been parked at the Grand Point Boat Launch all day.  The truck license plate was checked with LDWF Dispatch, who notified the agents that the truck belonged to Guist.  Agents contacted his residence and were told by family members that he had not checked in and had not returned any phone calls. 

Agents immediately conducted a search in the surrounding swamp near the vessel location.  Around 11 p.m., approximately 1 1/2 miles from where the boat was found, agents heard shouting from the waters edge.  Guist was located by a small fire he had built for warmth.  Guist told agents he had gotten lost while hunting and had to stop walking when it got dark because he did not have a flashlight. 

Agents returned Guist to his boat and followed him in to the boat launch.  Agents contacted LDWF Dispatch, who notified his family he had been located.
Agents involved in the search and rescue were Sgt. Aron Hastings and Senior Agent William Boyd.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or