Coast Guard rescues family from disabled vessel near Morgan Pass

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued a family of four people from a disabled 17-foot Bayliner in the vicinity of Morgan Pass, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received report of an overdue 17-foot Bayliner with a father and three children. The vessel left at 4:30 a.m., Sunday, to fish near Comfort Island and was expected to return at 2:30 p.m. When the boat did not return, the husband’s wife called the Coast Guard after finding the husband’s truck at the Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale.

Sector New Orleans issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a 25-foot small boat crew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

On the second leg of its search the helicopter crew spotted a flare from the overdue vessel in the vicinity of Morgan Pass. The vessel was disabled and had been anchored since 8:30 a.m.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Air Station New Orleans hoisted and transported the father and three children to their mother at the air station.

The Coast Guard recommends all boaters carry signaling devices such as flares, lights and emergency position indicating radio beacons, in addition to carrying a reliable means of communication such as a VHF-FM radio and a fully charged cell phone. The Coast Guard also reminds boaters to always wear their lifejackets, since they enhance a boater’s visibility to first responders and increase the chances of survival.

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