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Coast Guard rescues 2 people and a dog offshore Venice, Louisiana

MH-65 Dolphin Aircrew rescued two people and a dog
An MH-65 helicopter crew flies back after night operations training prepares air crews for the daunting task of performing a rescue with very little light and low visibility.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams (archive).

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued two people and a dog from a disabled vessel that was taking on water offshore Venice, Louisiana, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 8:05 p.m. Sunday of a disabled 35-foot sailing vessel taking on water with one adult, one child and a dog aboard approximately 15 miles southwest of Southwest Pass, Louisiana.

Sector watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to rescue the people and the dog.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 11:24 p.m., hoisted the two people and the dog and transported them to Air Station New Orleans in stable condition.

The Coast Guard was aided by several good Samaritan vessels in the area and thanks the maritime community for its vigilance and willingness to assist mariners in distress.

-USCG-

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