Coast Guard medevacs 3 after vessel capsizes in Southwest Pass

Coast Guard 8th District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard medevaced three people after their vessel capsized in Southwest Pass, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 8:50 a.m., that a 36-foot blue charter fishing vessel, Looney Tuna, was taking on water and had capsized with six people aboard. All persons were rescued by a Southwest Pass station pilot boat, three of the six reportedly suffering injuries.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched two MH-65C helicopters and crews to the scene where they successfully hoisted three injured people and transported them to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero. A Coast Guard Station Venice 25-foot response boat and crew transported three other people to the station where medical emergency services were waiting.

“Having a VHF-FM marine-band radio onboard, the boaters were able to make a call out requesting help,” said Layne Carter, Eighth Coast Guard District command duty officer. “When boating, the Coast Guard stresses the importance of having marine-band radios, emergency position indicating radio beacons, life jackets and signaling devices onboard in the instance of an emergency.”

Their conditions are unknown.

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