Coast Guard rescues 2 from disabled vessel on Lake Pontchartrain

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued two people, Saturday, approximately two miles offshore near Metairie on Lake Pontchartrain.

Rescued were Jordan Salvago, 25, and Jordan Campbell, 23.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 9:45 p.m. of a disabled 18-foot Bayliner with six people aboard.

Salvago and Campbell had reportedly jumped into the water while the boat was stopped and eventually found themselves in distress, unable to get back aboard the boat. The vessel had a male operator, two other females and a child as passengers. When the operator spotted the two in the water in distress, he attempted to re-start the engines, but the starter solenoid reportedly failed. The operator threw Salvago and Campbell a life jacket.

A Coast Guard Station New Orleans 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and crew diverted from a training mission and located the vessel by following the sight of a flare that was discharged by the crew of the boat.

“We were searching by visual and by hearing; they were about a half-mile from our boat when we could hear them struggling, clinging to one life jacket,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Dayron Lopez, Station New Orleans. “When our lookout spotted them, we responded as fast as we could and brought the two aboard.”

The station towed the 18-footer back safely to Bonnabel Boat Launch & Park in Metairie.

The rescued pair required no medical attention.

The Coast Guard recommends mariners carry signaling devices such as day and night flares, and always wear life jackets while out on the water. Life jackets and signaling devices increase a boater’s chances of survival in the event of an emergency. Also, ensure that you have enough life jackets for everyone aboard the boat.


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