Two teens back safe with parents after rescue at BREC conservation area

Two teens safe with parents after rescue at BREC conservation area
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The two 12-year-old girls who were considered missing in the BREC Frenchtown Conservation Area are back safe with their parents after being rescued Tuesday night.

Casey Hicks with EBRSO said the two teens that went into the woods were not answering their cellphones before being found. Their parents contacted EBRSO around 4 p.m. Tuesday and other agencies, including Central Police and Central Fire Department, were brought in to help find the girls.

"The parents stated they had just been out in the woods, and prior to losing contact, they had been checking in with them every hour," said Burt McCutcheon, District Chief of Central Fire. "So it was only approximately an hour when they had not checked on them, that's when they contacted law enforcement and we were called in later on."

The teens got lost while hiking and were found along the Amite River around 6 p.m. by Livingston officials. Due to the bad weather, ATVs were unable to reach the girls. Central and East Side Fire used boats to ferry the girls safely around 8:30 p.m.

It took about two hours to get the girls, who were shaken but uninjured during the ordeal.

The parents were reunited with their children around 9 p.m.

According to BREC's website, the park is 496 acres and is currently the organization's largest park and conservation area being operated. It has over 3 miles of trails and is located between both the Comite and Amite rivers.

The conservation area is on the parish line of East Baton Rouge and Livingston.

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