A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescued four men from two separate vessels, which ran aground 35 miles southwest of New Orleans Monday evening. The Coast Guard was notified by cell phone at 11:45 p.m. that the fishing vessel Bobby Da was aground near Grand Isle, La. A helicopter
was dispatched to the scene in order to locate the vessel and assist
crewmembers. Once on scene, a rescue swimmer
was lowered to the
vessel and prepared the two-man crew for hoisting. As the two men
brought aboard the helicopter, a second grounded fishing vessel's
contacted the helicopter crew on Ch. 16 (marine emergency frequency)
inform them that they too were aground and they needed assistance.
two survivors already aboard the helicopter, the crew lowered the
basket and hoisted two more survivors from the fishing vessel Captain
The helicopter crew brought the four fishermen to an offshore
facility in Grand Isle where
the men awaited further transportation.
The Coast Guard urges all boaters to keep proper safety equipment
onboard their vessel. Life jackets, flares, fire extinguishers, and a
VHF-FM radio are just a few examples of life-saving equipment every
boater should have onboard.