Coast Guard assists with helicopter crash rescue

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued two people from a downed helicopter 65 miles south east of Calcasieu Lake, La., Thursday evening.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call at 3: 44 p.m. from Petroleum Helicopters Incorporated reporting that one of their helicopters had crashed south of Lake Charles, La. The helicopter was able to send out a mayday call just before the crash.

PHI sent another helicopter to locate the downed helicopter and any survivors. The PHI helicopter was able to locate two men in a life raft, but was unable to retrieve them. A good samaritain, the fishing vessel Princess Celine, located the two survivors as was able to bring them aboard.

The Coast Guard launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Houston to retrieve the two men. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 5:45 p.m., hoisted the men and transported them to Lafayette Airport in Lafayette, La., where emergency medical crews were standing by. The medical personnel transfered the men to Layfayette Hospital for further medical treatment.

The two men were both responsive and reported to be in stable condition.

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