Coast Guard medevacs sole survivor of overturned fishing boat

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard medevaced a man, Saturday, after his boat capsized killing four people approximately three miles off South Pass in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dead are Kerri Burns, Randy Dowsey, Wayne Dowsey and Kenny Mac.

Rescued was Heath Dowsey.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call via marine-band radio on channel 16 from a crewmember aboard the Sea Angel, a 165-foot offshore crew boat at about 1:15 p.m., reporting that they had located Dowsey clinging to the hull of an overturned sport fishing vessel. Dowsey was not wearing a life jacket when he was found.

A Coast Guard Station Venice 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat and crew was deployed and brought Dowsey to the station where he was met by local emergency medical services.

Dowsey declined transport to a hospital for medical treatment.

“It’s an unfortunate truth that people who do not wear life jackets increase their risk of tragedy should an incident occur while on the water,” said Lt. Brian Sattler, command duty officer at Sector New Orleans. “The Coast Guard urges mariners to wear life jackets at all times as accidents can occur very quickly, and they may not have an opportunity to put one on during an emergency.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation by Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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