Coast Guard rescues family from disabled vessel near Morgan Pass
POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 10:20am
NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Coast Guard rescued a family of four people from a disabled 17-foot Bayliner in the vicinity of Morgan Pass on July 29.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received report of an overdue 17-foot Bayliner with a father and three children. The vessel left at 4:30 a.m., Sunday, to fish near Comfort Island and was expected to return at 2:30 p.m. When the boat did not return, the husband’s wife called the Coast Guard after finding the husband’s truck at the Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale.
Sector New Orleans issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a 20-foot small boat crew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.
On the second leg of its search the helicopter crew spotted a flare from the overdue vessel in the vicinity of Morgan Pass. The vessel was disabled and had been anchored since 8:30 a.m.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. Air Station New Orleans hoisted and transported the father and three children to their mother at the air station.