Coast Guard rescues 5 people 18 miles offshore from Empire, La

The Coast Guard rescued five people with assistance from a good Samaritan about 18 miles offshore of Empire, La., Oct. 17, 2015. Crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and Coast Guard Station Grand Isle rescued five mariners from a recreational vessel taking on water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans)

The Coast Guard rescued five people with assistance from a good Samaritan about 18 miles offshore of Empire, La.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans)

EMPIRE, La. – The Coast Guard rescued five people with assistance from a good Samaritan about 18 miles offshore of Empire, La., Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report of a 20-foot recreational boat taking on water at 9:45 a.m. Watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle.

The people onboard the recreational boat had been transferred to a good Samaritan vessel, the OSV Joseph Bisso, before the Coast Guard crews arrived.

The mariners were then transferred to the Response Boat-Medium from Station Grand Isle, which put the recreational boat in tow for transit back to Grand Isle.

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