French visitors win award for recovering sunken canoe items

Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM.

“Laura dived several times to remove from the water all the objects that were in the canoe,” Relandeau said.

“They were just so determined,” Lanoue said. “I told them, ‘Leave it; I don’t want you to get sick or hurt,’ but she went in anyway.”

Lanoue said she and De Broucker picked up the stranded girls and their rescued belongings “and the canoe rental people went to get the canoe.”

Relandeau said the 21 French students reminisced fondly about their nearly two-week stay in Crestview during the Twelfth Night event, which featured king cakes with hidden Crestview Bulldog charms in lieu of the traditional small figurine.

King cakes are served during Epiphany in various cultures around the world, including the South during Mardi Gras season. The person who gets the token hidden in the cake is considered blessed.

“We had a great party and we still talk about our stay in Crestview,” Relandeau said. “All the young people think only about Crestview while their parents only dream of going there.”

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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