Coast Guard assists 4 near Venice

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NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard assisted four people who ran aground 18 miles south of Head of Pass near Venice, Wednesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received an uncorrelated mayday call on the Venice Rescue 21 tower. Sector New Orleans directed
the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Station Venice 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew.

Watchstanders contacted Southwest Pass Pilot station who were able to establish communications with the fishing vessel Peter. It was confirmed the Peter made the mayday call. The Peter ran aground near the west side of the jetties near the entrance of Southwest Pass. Once the helicopter and boatcrews arrived on scene, the boatcrew transferred the four people aboard and returned to Station Venice.

“The cooperation and communication between the Coast Guard and the Southwest Pass Pilot station really helped to expedite the rescue efforts and bring the four people safely back to port,” said Lt. j.g. Steve Arguelles, command duty officer at Sector New Orleans.

No injuries were reported.

The master of the vessel will make plans to salvage the vessel.

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