Coast Guard assists in the rescue of 3 people from capsized vessel

24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water file photo.

24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water file photo.

NEW ORLEANS —The Coast Guard assisted in the rescue of three people whose boat capsized in Alligator Pass in Delacroix, Louisiana, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 7:10 p.m. that a vessel with three people aboard capsized in Alligator Pass.

Water currents swept two of the people away from the boat.

Sector watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans to assist the people.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew located the two people who were swept away and directed a St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office boat crew to their location.

A good Samaritan rescued the other person near the capsized vessel.

The three people were taken to Sweet Water Marina in Delacroix in stable condition.

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the response.

“Teamwork was a major factor in the success of this rescue,” said Scott Talbot, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector New Orleans. “Thanks to a combined response with our partner agencies, we were able to quickly locate and rescue the three people. If you are aboard a vessel that capsizes, we urge you to attempt to remain near the vessel because it can greatly increase your chances of being located and rescued.”

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