Coast Guard responding to sunken vessel in Pass a Loutre

Coast Guard responding to sunken vessel in Pass a Loutre
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a sunken towing vessel in Pass a Loutre near Venice, Louisiana, Monday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 2 a.m. of the towing vessel Dejeanne Maria, pushing two empty dry cargo barges, transiting downbound on the Mississippi River when it struck a submerged object. The three people who were aboard the Dejeanne Maria at...

Coast Guard medevacs 81-year-old woman from cruise ship

Coast Guard medevacs 81-year-old woman from cruise ship
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard medevaced a woman from a cruise ship near mile marker 50 on the Mississippi River near Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana, Saturday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 7:19 p.m. of an 81-year-old woman experiencing heart attack-like symptoms aboard the cruise ship Carnival...

High water on Mississippi River leads to dangerous currents

High water on Mississippi River leads to dangerous currents
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard urges boaters going out on the Lower Mississippi River to understand the risks associated with high water and strong currents. Higher than average water levels create very strong and swift currents, which result in large amounts of debris, and can lead to dangerous situations on the Mississippi River. The stronger than normal currents can create rips and eddies in places...

Coast Guard rescues two people from sinking boat

Coast Guard rescues two people from sinking boat
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack rescues two people from a sailboat that was sinking in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 20 miles south of Venice, Louisiana, March 20, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack) NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued two people from a sailboat that was sinking in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 20 miles south of Venice, Louisiana,...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing person

Coast Guard suspends search for missing person
USCG MH-65 File Photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard suspended its search for a person who went into the water after a towing vessel capsized at mile marker 55 on the lower Mississippi River north of Point A La Hache, Louisiana, Tuesday. Coast Guard crews searched approximately 158 square-nautical miles for approximately 18 hours but were unable to find the missing person. Involved in the search...

Coast Guard searching for person in the water after vessel capsizes

Coast Guard searching for person in the water after vessel capsizes
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water after a towing vessel capsized at mile marker 55 on the lower Mississippi River north of Point A La Hache, Louisiana, Monday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a notification at 8:12 p.m. of the 54-foot inspected towing vessel Seattle Slew...

Coast Guard reopens waterway after vessel sinks near Baton Rouge

Coast Guard reopens waterway after vessel sinks near Baton Rouge
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard reopened the waterway closure on the Mississippi River from mile marker 224.5 to mile marker 226 after a vessel sank near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Thursday. A Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge incident management team confirmed an oil sheen in the water. There is a reported potential of 18,500 gallons of fuel aboard the Michelle Anne. An unknown amount of oil...

Coast Guard issues waterway restriction after vessel sinks near Baton Rouge

Coast Guard issues waterway restriction after vessel sinks near Baton Rouge
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard issued a waterway restriction after a vessel sank on the lower Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 11:00 a.m. of the towing vessel Michelle Anne sinking at Baton Rouge General Anchorage near mile marker 226 on the Mississippi River. The four crewmembers aboard the Michelle Ann escaped...

Coast Guard responds to sunken vessel near Laplace, Louisiana

Coast Guard responds to sunken vessel near Laplace, Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and good Samaritans responded to the sinking of the towing vessel St. Rita on the Mississippi River near Laplace, Louisiana, Thursday. At approximately 3 p.m Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report that the St. Rita, owned and operated by Marquette Transportation Company, sank on the right descending bank on the Mississippi River. The five crewmembers that...