Coast Guard rescues 4 from grounded boat

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued three adults and one child from the Tchefuncta River near Hammond, La., after their pleasure craft became grounded in shallow water and thick mud late Friday.

A Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstander received a call at approximately 8 p.m. Friday from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office requesting Coast Guard assistance in rescuing 4 people from an area too shallow to get to by boat.

Sector New Orleans launched an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to assist. The helicopter crew hoisted and transported the uninjured boaters to the Hammond Regional Airport where they were met by their family members and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The rescued boaters were to coordinate the retrieval plan for the grounded boat on Saturday.

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