Coast Guard rescues 3 from sunken fishing vessel

Coast Guard rescues 3 from sunken fishing vesselMORGAN CITY, La. – The Coast Guard rescued three individuals from a 75-foot fishing vessel that sank approximately 12 miles southwest of Point Au Fer in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified by a passing helicopter of a fishing vessel sinking with two life-rafts in the water. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City 29-foot response boat crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans. The survivors were located in a life raft after they fired off a flare.

The MSU Morgan City boat crew safely transferred all three people aboard the life-raft to their small boat and brought them back to Morgan City.

The cause of the incident is being investigated.

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