Coast Guard rescues 6 people from disabled vessel

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued six people from a disabled vessel in the Atchafalaya Bay near Morgan City, Louisiana, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report from St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Department at 12:50 a.m. of a disabled 16-foot bass boat with two adults and four children on board.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew at 1:15 a.m. The aircrew arrived on scene at 2:30 a.m. to locate and establish communications with the disabled vessel and a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Department surface asset crew.

Due to the water depth the surface asset crew was not able to reach the disabled vessel.

The MH-65 aircrew hoisted the six people from the vessel and transferred them to Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport in Patterson, Louisiana, at 3:58 a.m.

There were no reported injuries.


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