Coast Guard, good Samaritan vessel helps transport vessel taking on water

Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto.

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto.

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan vessel helped to establish communications, dewater, and escort a fishing vessel that was taking on water with three people aboard in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday.

Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District received an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon activation alert at 8:49 a.m. that correlated with broken radio communications received at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, Thursday.

The fishing vessel Pleiades, carrying three people, was taking on water 35 nautical miles south of Timbalier Island, Louisiana.

Sector New Orleans watchstanders were unable to communicate with the people aboard the Pleiades due to distance and heavy weather. The watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast, asking nearby boaters to help and had the HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft to assist with locating and establishing communications. The good Samaritan offshore supply vessel Brad Dartez responded and assisted with radio communications.

Crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama, and Coast Guard Station Grand Isle, Louisiana, assisted by providing an engineer, a rescue swimmer and three dewatering pumps.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Grand Isle, as well as the good Samaritan vessel, escorted the Pleiades back to Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

“Due to the heavy weather and the vessel’s location far offshore, it was difficult to communicate with the crew,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Abbate, the officer of the day at Station Grand Isle. “This rescue highlights the importance of carrying a properly registered EPIRB, which provides rescuers critical information needed to respond quickly in the event of an emergency.”

Involved in this case were:

  • Coast Guard Station New Orleans
  • Coast Guard Station Grand Isle
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew
  • A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Grand Isle
  • Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish crew
  • A good Samaritan vessel


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