Coast Guard Helicopter Crew Rescues 2 from Disabled Boat

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued two people from an 18 foot fishing boat south of Hopedale in Black Bay, early this morning.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans received a report of a disabled and disoriented vessel with two men on board. The men were without food and water and nearly out of fuel. The boat was located just ten miles southeast of Hopedale.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew to rescue the men. The crew arrived on scene and searched for approximately one hour before locating the disabled vessel. Both men were hoisted and transported safely to Air Station New Orleans where they were released to family members.

Rescued were Kenneth Derkins, 47, of Avondale, La., and Willie James, 44, of LaPlace, La.

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