Coast Guard rescues 3 men from a raft in Lake Pontchartrain

Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-Foot Response Boat-Small II file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega.

Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-Foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega.

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued three men from a raft in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report of three people aboard an inflatable raft who, due to weather conditions, were unable to return to shore.

The raft drifted approximately two miles from shore.

The men were not wearing life jackets and their phones’ batteries were dead.

Sector watchstanders directed the launch of a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans to rescue the men.

The boatcrew arrived on scene at 12:41 p.m., recovered the three men and transported them to shore at Ponchartrain State Park.

“We strongly urge boaters to wear life jackets and bring reliable communication devices aboard their vessels while on the water,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Bowen, a command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “Boaters should also check weather forecasts and monitor river conditions to determine if it is safe to go out.”

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