Coast Guard assists grounded vessel near Cat Island, Miss.

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GULFPORT, Miss. — The Coast Guard assisted one person aboard a grounded sailing vessel north of Cat Island, Monday.

The operator of the vessel contacted Coast Guard Station Gulfport watchstanders reporting their vessel was aground and in need of assistance.

The person was requesting to be removed from the vessel due to deteriorating weather conditions.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Ala., directed the launch of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and aircrew to assist.

Once on scene, the aircrew hoisted the person aboard and transported him to Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to awaiting family members.

“The flexibility of the crew and smooth hoisting evolution during this situation are a testament to the outstanding training we receive,” said Lt. j.g. Tessa Clayton, Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans pilot.

There were no reported injuries.

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