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Coast Guard rescue boater taking on water near Lake Pontchartrain

Coast Guard rescue boater taking on water near Lake Pontchartrain
Archive image: An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans stops to refuel at a rig May 10, 2014.
The helicopter aircrew was performing the medevac of a 36-year-old male who was reported to be suffering from acute appendicitis.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard RB-M and MH-65 Dolphin crews rescue a boater Saturday whose vessel capsized after taking on water in Lake Pontchartrain.

The rescued was James M., who was transferred to University Medical Center in reportedly fair condition.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a distress call around 2 a.m. from J.M. who said that his vessel was taking on water in Lake Pontchartrain, between the Highway 90 bridge and the I-10 Twin Span. A Coast Guard Station New Orleans 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew and a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew deployed in response.

The rescue helicopter and the Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) crews located the stranded man on a jetty in Slidell after he had swam away from his capsized vessel. The aircrew embarked him onto the helicopter and transferred him to University Medical Center, where he was treated for symptoms of shock and hypothermia.

«Mr. J.M’s access to a VHF radio saved his life,» said Cmdr. Brook Serbu, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector New Orleans. «It is important that all mariners have access to a communication device in case of emergency, and preferably more than one such as a radio and cell phone.»

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