Coast Guard Rescues Five From Swamped Boat

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued five people earlier today from a 17-foot pleasure craft when the vessel they were aboard became swamped in Quarantine Bay west of Breton Sound.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., one of five boaters aboard the vessel called the Coast Guard from his cell phone, and stated that his boat was filling up with water and in danger of capsizing.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans launched a 33-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Venice, La. and an HH-65C rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans. 

The helicopter arrived onscene first and directed the 33-foot response boat to the location of the vessel.

All passengers were transferred to the response boat and safely transported to Station Venice.

“By wearing their life jackets, these individuals greatly increased their chances of survival,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Massey, search and rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. 

No injuries were reported.


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  1. George Keng says:

    I am the father of two of the men you rescued from the sinking vessel in qrarenteen bay on Aug. 1st and the uncle of one other. I was on the sister boat that lost contact with the distressed vessel. Your team of men and women acted in the most fast and professional manner possible and prevented a very serious disaster from happening. You’re the best and I thank God for all of you. We are back in Houston, safe and sound due completely to all of you.

    Thank you and May God Bless and Keep you all,

    George Keng
    Spring, Texas

  2. Wayne Faircloth says:

    How very grateful we are to the timely response of the United States Coast Guard. My son was one of the young men on board the sunken boat. We have spent many hours on the Gulf waters and I am very thankful that he is calm and capable of thoughtful response in the wake of danger. He gave the Coast Guard directions to the vessel by knowing the difference from North and East in the middle of a storm. There are always lessons to be learned in times of distess. Our only hope is that the other members of this ill fated venture take proper precautions for future trips.