Coast Guard responds to vessel taking on water

Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft

USCG File Photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard responded to the report of a vessel taking on water in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 10:28 a.m. of a 22-foot vessel taking on water with one man and a dog aboard in Lake Pontchartrain between the Highway 11 Bridge and the I-10 Twin Span Bridge.

Sector New Orleans watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, a 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans and diverted an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama.

The vessel taking on water capsized and the person and the dog fell into the water.

Members from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division arrived on scene at approximately 11 a.m. recovered the man and transported him to Eden Isle Marina.

A good Samaritan recovered the dog and transported it to shore.

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