Coast Guard has busy morning saving three

NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard units in New Orleans rescued three people in two separate incidents Monday.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the wife of a fisherman reported her spouse and his friend missing in the vicinity of Hopedale, La. Inclement weather kept Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans from conducting a search until 7:11 a.m. Monday, when they launched an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew to locate and assist the missing boaters. At 7:40 a.m., the crew located the boaters and using a spotlight and radio, guided them into familiar waters.

The second rescue took place when Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 4:30 a.m. from two men whose boat had capsized in Lake Pontchartrain that another man from the boat was missing. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans immediately launched an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew to assist local law enforcement with the search. The 40-year-old-man was located approximately 150 feet from shore. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered and the man was hoisted into the helicopter and transported to Hammond Airport where local emergency medical services was standing by to transport him to a local hospital.

His condition is unknown.

The Coast Guard reminds the boating community to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when boating.

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