Coast Guard rescues pair from grounded fishing boat

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued two men off their fishing boat Thursday after it ran aground in Piquant Bayou.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call at approximately 5:30 p.m. from the Terrebone Parish Sheriff’s Department water unit that a 16-foot bass boat with two men on board, ages 56 and 66, had run aground in Piquant Bayou south of Houma, La., and was disabled. Extremely low water levels prohibited rescue by boat.

Sector New Orleans launched an MH-65C rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, which arrived at approximately 6:30 p.m. Both men were safely hoisted into the helicopter and transported them to the Houma Airport, where they were met by family members. The men are reported to be in good condition.

“The marine environment is inherently dangerous,” said Lt. Beau Powers, Sector New Orleans Command Center duty officer. “It is imperative to know your limitations when operating on the water. Have a well thought out float plan and make sure you communicate that plan to family or friends in order to render the best possible assistance if the need arises.”

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to always wear a life jacket and have a Marine Radio on hand.

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