Coast Guard Rescues Three in Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued three people in distress aboard a disabled vessel in the Gulf of Mexico south of the Atchafalaya Bay late Saturday.

A watchstander from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call at approximately 11:30 p.m., Saturday, from a crewmember aboard the vessel, Global Lift 9, reporting that they were in distress and taking on 8-foot seas with three people on board.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans launched an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to the scene. The helicopter crew hoisted the three uninjured people and transported them to the Harry P. Williams Airport in Patterson, La.

The owners of the Global Lift 9 will coordinate a retrieval plan for the vessel on Sunday.

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