Coast Guard Rescues 3 Stranded on Freemason Island, LA

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued three people Monday morning after the three were lost and disorientated on Freemason Island, located on Chandeleur Sound.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received the report of three stranded persons. The reporting source stated that one of the persons was a 73-year-old male and that their boat had overturned in some bad weather.

Sector New Orleans watchstanders dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene Monday at approximately 2 a.m. and located the trio.

The helicopter crew lowered a swimmer, hoisted the three into the helicopter and transported them safely. No injuries were reported.

In an effort to increase the safety of people on the water, the Coast Guard recommends the following:

Stay informed. Be sure to check the local weather prior to departing the dock. Weather can change very rapidly and boaters should keep a watchful eye on the forecasted conditions. Boaters can monitor weather patterns, fog and developing storms on VHF-FM marine-band radio; small craft advisories are also available on channel 16.

Always wear a life jacket. Since there is little time to reach for stowed vests when accidents occur, wearing one at all times reduces your risk of drowning.

File a float plan. A float plan is simply letting family and friends know where you are going and your expected time of return. File a float plan with someone who is not getting underway with you and stick to the plan. If you change plans, contact the person. A float plan assists responders in the search of an overdue boater who may be in distress.

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