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A Baton Rouge couple was rescued by the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office Sunday after they were forced to climb cypress trees to escape a congregation of alligators after their boat broke down.

The couple, whose names weren't disclosed, had to swim to a grove of trees just off of Lake Verrett where they waited for help.

As they were waiting, however, they noticed alligators in the area begin to swim towards them. They were forced to climb 15 feet into cypress trees to escape the danger.

The harrowing experience began at 5 p.m. when they said their 14-foot Monarch began to have mechanical failure. The boat later sank after being inundated by wawves.

The couple sent a text to a relative, but the message didn't arrive until later Sunday night.

At 9 p.m., the relative had called sheriff's saying the couple had left the Bayou Corne boat launch and had yet to return. Nearly an hour-and-a-half later, the relative received the text message which said where the couple had broken down.

Water Search and Rescue officers found the couple just after midnight a half mile south of the Cracker Head Canal. The officers said they saw several 'active' alligators in the vicinity.

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