1 dead, 2 rescued after boat accident near Pilottown

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NEW ORLEANS — One person is dead, and two were rescued by the Coast Guard after a boat accident near Pilottown, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received notification at 12:35 p.m. that a pleasure craft crashed near Head of Passes.

One Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched and arrived at the location of the boat. A rescue swimmer was lowered to administer first aid while another MH-65 helicopter crew was launched. Upon arrival, the helicopter crew hoisted two injured people aboard the helicopter, and CPR was administered to one person during the flight. The two people were transferred to awaiting emergency personnel at the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans. Upon arrival, one person was pronounced dead, the other was in critical condition.

The helicopter returned to the scene of the crash and hoisted the last person as well as the rescue swimmer. The person was then flown to the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans with reportedly minor injuries.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating the cause of the crash.

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