Coast Guard rescues 4 from grounded boat in Lake Borgne

Coast Guard 8th District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued four people in distress in Lake Borgne, approximately 40 miles east of New Orleans, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a VHF-FM radio call at 4:10 p.m., from a boater aboard an 18-foot fishing boat advising that the vessel ran aground in Lake Borgne while they were transiting home. They were concerned for the two children aboard and requested assistance from the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard launched an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to the scene. The helicopter crew lowered the rescue swimmer to assist with hoisting all four individuals. Once all personnel were embarked, the helicopter returned to the air station where family was waiting.

“Multiple communications methods including VHF-FM marine band radios and cell phones provided a critical link between the stranded folks and the assets providing them with help,” said Chris Hampton, a search and rescue controller with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “Boaters should be vigilant in maintaining their communications equipment for just such a predicament.”

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