Coast Guard rescues 3 people in disabled boat

VENICE, La. – The Coast Guard rescued a family of three late yesterday, whose 20-foot pleasure craft became disabled and adrift approximately 18-miles south of South West Pass in the Gulf of Mexico.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Venice was contacted by the family via VHF radio stating that their vessel had become disabled and adrift at approximately 2 p.m. and a storm was approaching.

Coast Guard Station Venice launched a 41-foot Utility Boat crew, at approximately 3:30 p.m. to locate and tow the family and vessel to safety.

“This successful case highlights the importance of being prepared and how the use of VHF radio is as useful now as it ever has been,” said Lt. j.g. Anastacia Visneski, the Eighth Coast Guard District public affairs officer.

The smallboat crew safely towed the vessel and the family into the Venice Marina at approximately 10:30 p.m.

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