Earlier in the day on May 14th, 2012 Mitchell Guist from “Swamp People” died in Louisiana. The location of the swamp that Mitchell was reported to be close to was in St. Martin Parish along the Belle River. The time of death that Mitchell Guist died was sometime shortly after 9am when he feel in his boat.
The boat had just launched into the Belle River in LA when Mr. Guist fell in the boat. It was reported to the local sheriff, Mike Waguespack that Mitchell appeared to be having seizures as he fell down. A 911 call was placed and first responders arrived on the scene.
When the first responder arriving after the 911 call tried to resuscitate the Swamp People History Channel star with CPR but there was no success. Some people had said it seemed like Mitchell Guist had a heart attack after the seizures. It was at the local hospital the Mitchell Guist was pronounced dead.
The History Channel said on their Twitter account @HistoryChannel:
We are saddened to report that Mitchell Guist of #SwampPeople has passed away today. Mitchell passed on the swamp, doing what he loved.
— History Channel (@HistoryChannel) May 15, 2012
TMZ was able to obtain the Mitchell Guist 911 Call recording when someone called in to report Mitchell was having a seizure and had fallen in the boat.
The 911 call is 31 seconds long and is below for you to listen to:
The History Channel, the producer of the “Swamp People” released a statement saying: “We are extremely saddened to report that our friend and beloved member of the Swamp People family, Mitchell Guist, has passed away earlier today. Mitchell passed on the swamp, doing what he love.”
Chris Reed Interviews Glenn & Mitchell Guist from ‘Swamp People’ on History Channel – Hot 107.9
Brothers Glenn & Mitchell Guist from History Channel’s hit show ‘Swamp People’ stopped by our Hot 107.9 studios while they were in town for the Louisiana Outdoor Expo at the Cajundome (July 29-31, 2011). They shared everything from how they got discovered for the show to the secret to Mitchell’s signature laugh. These guys are as genuine and hardcore as it gets when it comes to being “Swamp People.”
The Guist Brothers-Swamp People
Swamp People Guist Brothers Official Introduction
Information about the Atchafalaya Swamp from the History Channel is below:
Sprawling over a million-acre swath of southern Louisiana, the Atchafalaya River Basin is the largest swamp in the United States and one of the country’s most ecologically varied regions. Its wetlands, bayous and marshes are home to 300 species of birds, 90 species of fish and shellfish and 54 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the great American alligator. It owes much of its haunting and mysterious beauty to the towering, moss-draped bald cypress trees that thrive in its swamp waters.
For hundreds of years, the Basin’s human dwellers—from the Native Americans who harvested its timber to the present-day Cajuns who hunt alligators in its murky depths—have subsisted on its many bountiful resources. In the second half of the 18th century, the region became a refuge for several thousand French colonists who had been expelled from Acadie, part of present-day Nova Scotia, for refusing to swear allegiance to the British crown and church. Known as the Acadians, the settlers adapted their way of life to the changeable nature of the Basin’s wetland environment, where water levels fluctuate depending on the season, by favoring houseboats and campsites to more permanent homes. Many began growing sugarcane and other crops in the fertile bayou soil, while others made a living as loggers, hunters, trappers or fishermen.
The Acadian community grew and prospered, eventually giving birth to the distinctly Louisianan “Cajun” culture, known throughout the world for its food, music and unique dialect. Today, the Cajuns make up a significant part of southern Louisiana’s population, and many continue to embrace the lifestyle and traditions of their ancestors.
In spite of the region’s natural bounty and unmistakable splendor, swamp living has never been easy for the Cajuns and other residents of the Atchafalaya Basin. For instance, the disastrous Great Flood of 1927 decimated many communities, sparking a mass exodus that dramatically reduced the region’s population. But to many people born and raised in the cradle of the lush and majestic Atchafalaya, the dangers and challenges they face are an accepted–and even welcome–part of life.