Coast Guard rescues 2 in Freshwater Bayou

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued two men from a commercial shrimping vessel taking on water, Monday, about 600 yards offshore Freshwater Bayou.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call at 8:05 a.m., that the 48-foot, Captain Kap, commercial shrimper ran hard aground and began to take on water with two men aboard.

An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans hoisted and transported both men to awaiting Acadian Emergency Medical Services on shore in Intracoastal City.

“We had a good GPS position of the vessel and were able to locate it expending little or no time searching for the vessel,” said Lt. j.g. Eric Turner, Air Station New Orleans pilot. “This rescue was a successful example of how we, as America’s maritime first responders, are working alongside mariners who have the right equipment on board, such as marine-band radios and sufficient life jackets, can improve the chances of surviving whenever a disaster strikes.”

Both men reported no medical concerns.

The vessel remains beached in Freshwater Bayou, and there are no reports of pollution.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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