Coast Guard medevacs 3 people after vessel strikes barge

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard medevaced three people whose vessel struck a barge near Bayou Segnette, Louisiana, Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 4:15 a.m. of a 22-foot recreational vessel with four passengers aboard that collided with a barge, veered off and then ran aground, ejecting one of the individuals. The barge launched a small boat to assist. They recovered the ejected individual and brought them to emergency services.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew at 5:33 a.m. Jefferson Sheriff’s Parish Office and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries crews also responded.

The MH-65 aircrew arrived on scene at 6:18 a.m. and medevaced three of the passengers to West Jefferson Medical Hospital.

One of the passengers is confirmed deceased and three others were reported in serious and critical conditions.

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