Coast Guard rescues three people from sinking ship near Black Bay


NEW ORLEANS, La (KLFY) — The Coast Guard rescued three people from a sinking vessel Thursday night near Black Bay, according to a press release from the Coast Guard Eighth District.

All three people on board the vessel were safely rescued with no reported medical concerns. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report around 11 p.m. that a 40-foot fishing vessel was taking on water in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet with three people on board.

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew, and a Coast Guard Station Venice 45-foot Rescue Boat-Medium boat crew responded. Once on scene, the aircrew lowered a rescue swimmer and safely hoisted all three people.

“These mariners were able to be rescued due to their access to VHF radios,” said Cmdr. Roberto Trevino, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector New Orleans. “Thanks to their preparedness and the readiness of our crews, we were able to safely rescue all people on board.”

Mariners in need of assistance should hail the Coast Guard on international distress frequency, channel 16.

For more information follow the Coast Guard Eighth District on Facebook and Twitter.

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