NEW ORLEANS – A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued four sports fishermen from a platform after their vessel sank about 41 miles east of Venice, Tuesday.
Watchstanders at the 8th Coast Guard District received a call from one of the sports fishermen stating their vessel sank and they were on a platform. The watchstanders directed the launch of two Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews.
The rescue crew arrived on scene at about 3:30 p.m., and hoisted the four fishermen. The helicopter crew flew the fishermen to the air station with no reported injuries.
“The Coast Guard rescue crew was able to rapidly respond to these mariners in distress because they had an extra form of communication which helped vector in the rescue crew,” said Lt. Nicholas Greaver, command duty officer, 8th Coast Guard District. “We always recommend before you get underway to ensure you have a filed float plan, extra forms of communication, emergency supplies and always wear a life jacket.”