4 sports fishermen rescued after boat sinks near Louisiana

By Accidents

US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from the Air Station New Orleans rescued four sports fishermen from a platform after their vessel sank about 41 miles east of Venice on June 9, 2015.

Personnel on duty of 8th Coast Guard District received a call from one of the sports fishermen in distress. The man stated that their vessel sank and they were on a platform.

Two Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews of the Air Station in New Orleans were directed by the watchstanders to the incident location.

Around 3:30 pm local time, the rescue teams arrived at site and picked up the four fishermen from the platform. The rescued people were transferred to the air station. There are no reports for injured people.

According to Nicholas Greaver, the command duty officer of the 8th Coast Guard District, the Coast Guard rescue crew was able to rapidly respond to these mariners in distress, because they had an extra form of communication, which helped vector in the rescue crew.

He said that USCG had always recommended before, if anybody got underway to ensure that they have a filled float plan, extra forms of communication, emergency supplies and the most important, to wear a life jacket.