Coast Guard rescues three, searches for one in Lake Pontchartrain

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and Saint Tammany’s Parish Sherrif’s Office rescued a 5-year-old boy, a 13-year-old boy and a 40-year-old man after their vessel capsized in Lake Pontchartrain Saturday. The Coast Guard continues to search for a 72-year-old man who is still missing.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received the intial report at approximately 7 p.m from the local sheriff’s office that the two adults and two children had not returned at their pre-arranged time.

Sector New Orleans launched a 41-foot rescue boat and crew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans, an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station New Orleans and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry rescue plane and crew from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., to search.

The crew of the rescue helicopter spotted one adult and two children, hoisted them into the helicopter and transported them to West Jefferson Medical Center for treatment. Their condition is unknown.

Saint Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is also on scene, assisting in the search.

The Coast Guard continues to search of the missing man.

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