Jim Hawthorne, the legendary radio voice of LSU sports who retired this past season, has been found and is safe after being unreachable for nearly 24 hours. Torrential rains in Louisiana have caused widespread flooding in Baton Rouge and beyond, making communication difficult.
Hawthorne, 72, recounted his rescue in an interview with Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, saying the experience was not scary but he wondered how he and his wife, Carol, would get out of water that measured approximately 15 inches high in their one-floor home.
“I heard the boat. We were laying there reading. I had the windows open. I said, ‘Carol, that boat is real close. I waded through the water and went out the front door. I could still see the waves rippling from the boat.
“I yelled as loud as I could, and they heard me. I was in water up to my you-know-whats. I was yelling, ‘HEY! HEY!’ The motor stopped and they came around and came back.”
LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette was among those who tried Sunday to rescue the Hawthornes, but others got there first. Jim Hawthorne said he and his wife went to bed Saturday night surrounded by more than a foot of water, without electricity and with a dead cell phone.
“(This experience) wasn’t scary,” Hawthorne told Dellenger. “This was more, ‘My gosh, what are we going to do? How are we doing to get out of here.’”