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Coast Guard rescue 3 boaters from disabled vessel near Delacroix, La.​

Coast Guard rescue 3 boaters from disabled vessel near Delacroix, Louisiana
Archive image: A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans conducts a post-flight inspection after a first-light flight in the wake of Hurricane Delta, Oct. 10, 2020.
The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter is a short-range response helicopter (SRR), often used in search and rescue (SAR) missions in the wake of hurricanes and tropical storms.
U.s. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Weydert.

NEW ORLEANS —​ A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew rescue three boaters from a disabled recreational vessel Saturday near Delacroix, Louisiana.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a distress call at 11:40 a.m. from a disabled 19-foot recreational fishing vessel with three people aboard who were unable to verify their position. Watchstanders derived the vessel’s location by cellphone triangulation and coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew to assist.​

The MH-65 SRR rescue helicopter crew arrived on scene, deployed the rescue swimmer, hoisted all three boaters and Headed to land to transfer them to Sweetwater Marina in Delacroix.

The three boaters were last reported to be in stable condition.

«It was our watchstanders’ training and experience that lead us to use cell phone triangulation to locate this vessel,» said Lt. Seth Gross, a Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Search And Rescue Mission Coordinator. «We urge the public to always carry an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), GPS, or other locating devices on board their vessels in case of emergencies like this.»

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