Daily News and More is reporting that game wardens along with firefighters and deputies in Sabine County were involved in a water rescue of two men late Monday morning when a boat capsized on Toledo Bend Reservoir.
Choppy water kicked up by high winds associated with a passing cool front and a malfunctioning engine were the cause of the mishap, which occurred at about 10:20 several hundred yards offshore, near the end of Farm to Market Road 276 in the far northeast corner of Sabine County.
The men were later identified as Melvin Pitts and Vernon Travis, both of Leesville.
According to the men, they had been fishing and started heading back to shore when the cool front began blowing in. However, their boat motor stalled - leaving them adrift. They tried to use a cell phone to call for help, but they had no signal.
Eventually the waves grew so large that they overtook the small boat and it flipped over. Fortunately, the men were wearing flotation devices so they stayed above water and made it to some nearby stumps where they hung on until someone noticed that they needed help and called 911.
Once back on shore, they were evaluated by Sabine County EMS, but required no further medical treatment.