Coast Guard rescues 35 in Lake Pontchartrain

Coast Guard Station New Orleans debuts RB-MNEW ORLEANS – Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station New Orleans and good Samaritans rescued 35 people from a sinking houseboat on Lake Pontchartrain, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a mayday call at 9:26 p.m. from a houseboat that had flooding in the engine room. The houseboat was tied to pilings on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway when a storm hit. Watchstanders at Sector New Orleans directed the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew from Station New Orleans.

Two boatcrews responded: one crew evacuated the houseboat with the help of a good Samaritan, while the other crew pumped the water out of the boat and towed it to a local marina.

There were no reported injuries.

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