Air Station New Orleans News

27 Jan 2020

Three Missing After Tug Collision

The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for three crew members missing following a collision between two towing vessels on the Mississippi River at mile marker 123, near Luling, La., Sunday.The Coast Guard said its watchstanders in New Orleans were alerted at 5:37 a.m. on Sunday that towing vessels RC Creppel and Cooperative Spirit had collided and that four members of the RC Creppel were missing.The Cooperative Spirit was reportedly transiting upbound on the river when it entered a barge fleeting area and allied with barges before colliding with the towing vessel RC Creppel, causing the RC Creppel to sink and barges to…

08 Oct 2018

Four Rescued from Passenger Vessel Blaze

Passenger vessel Grand Sun caught fire in Chandeleur Sound, La., October 8, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Venice)

Four people have been rescued from a passenger vessel that caught fire in Chandeleur Sound, La., Monday.U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders in New Orleans received a report at 2:36 a.m. that the vessel Grand Sun was on fire near the Chandeleur Islands.The Coast Guard directed the launch of a helicopter crew from New Orleans to assist.The aircrew arrived on scene at 3:52 a.m. and recovered the four people from the boat and transported them to emergency medical services at Air Station New Orleans.The Coast Guard also directed the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Venice, La.

30 Apr 2018

Boaters Strike Decommissioned Oil Rig

(Screenshot from video by Lora Ratliff / USCG)

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has medevaced five boaters who were injured after striking a decommissioned oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Sunday.Coast Guard watchstanders in New Orleans received a mayday call on VHF-FM Channel 16 at 12:03 a.m. from a boater stating multiple persons on board had suffered injuries after their vessel struck a decommissioned offshore rig 23 nautical miles southeast of Venice, La..A helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans hoisted two patients with more severe injuries…

16 Oct 2017

Coast Guard Responds to Oil Platform Blast

The U.S. Coast Guard is coordinating search efforts for a missing man after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, La., Sunday evening. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a witness at approximately 8 p.m. of an oil platform explosion. The cause of the incident is unknown. It was reported by one of the platform workers that eight people were aboard at the time of the explosion, and one person did not make it to shore. Of the seven people who made it to shore, six were taken to the hospital. The Coast Guard and partner agencies continue to search for the missing man. Following the initial report…

16 Feb 2017

Lift Boat Crew Rescued in US Gulf

Four crewmembers aboard the lift boat Superior Trust were rescued after the vessel became unstable near Southwest Pass, La., Wednesday. U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call early Wednesday morning reporting one of the Superior Trust’s legs failed and made contact with a natural gas platform’s walkway resulting in approximately 10 gallons of oil discharge. Coast Guard Station Venice launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew that arrived on scene and transported the Superior Trust crew back to shore. There were no reported injuries. Coast Guard Cutter Brant crewmembers later arrived on scene to monitor the lift boat, and Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 aircrew conducted an over flight.

09 Jan 2017

Six Rescued from Grounded vessels

MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Photo Coast Guard

The Coast Guard rescued six people from grounded vessels in Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana, Saturday. At 2:35 p.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a private helicopter of a 17-foot johnboat with three people on board that was taking on water in the Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana. Watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to assist the people. The mariners reported that their de-watering pump was keeping up with the flooding and requested a tow, and one member requested to be removed.

28 Dec 2016

Father, Daughter Rescued from Vessel Taking on Water

The Coast Guard rescued Jonathan Mason and his 5-year-old daughter from their pleasure craft near the north end of Lake Borgne, Louisiana, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 4:10 p.m. from the St. Bernard Sheriffs Office that a 17ft pleasure craft was taking on water with two people on board. A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was launched at 4:50 p.m. The MH-65 aircrew arrived on scene at 5:10 p.m. and transported the father and daughter to Air Station New Orleans where they were met by emergency medical services and then released to their family members. The father and daughter were reported to be in stable condition.

26 Dec 2016

Indisposed Man Medevaced from Fishing Vessel

MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Photo Coast Guard

The Coast Guard medevaced a 28-year-old male aboard the fishing vessel Captain David 40 nautical miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, Saturday. The Eighth Coast Guard District watchstanders received a report at 3:16 p.m. that Andrew Carl had been suffering from seasickness and had become unresponsive. Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were notified and launched a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin aircrew at 4:26 p.m. The MH-65 aircrew arrived on scene at 5:22 p.m. and transported Carl to Louisiana State University Hospital in New Orleans at 7:46 p.m.

24 Dec 2016

Woman Medevaced from Cruise Ship

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Photo USCG

The Coast Guard medevaced a 36-year-old woman from the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn 110 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 3:20 p.m. that a cruise ship crewmember, Shirlee Magsino, had been suffering from abdominal pain. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew at 4:41 p.m. The MH-65 aircrew arrived on scene at 6:23 p.m.

06 Nov 2016

Man Medevaced in Water Near Lafitte

MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Photo Coast Guard

The Coast Guard medevaced a 64-year-old man from Bayou Rigolettes near Lafitte, Louisiana, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 11:35 a.m. from Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office that a man fell overboard from his boat into Bayou Rigolettes and suffered severe injuries throughout his body. Sector New Orleans directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to recover the man. The crew arrived on scene at 12:01 p.m. and transported the man to Air Station New Orleans to awaiting emergency medical services.

04 Oct 2015

Woman Medevaced from Cruise Ship off SouthWest Pass

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew  came to rescue of the woman

The Coast Guard medevaced a 50-year-old woman from a cruise ship 225 miles southeast of Southwest Pass, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard District 8 received a call at approximately 9 a.m., requesting a medevac for a woman who was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding. Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 2:50 p.m.

29 Sep 2015

US Coast Guard Medevacs Cruise Ship Passenger

USCG photo

A 68-year-old man who reportedly suffered a seizure was medevaced from a cruise ship 180 miles off of Southwest Pass, La., Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard District 8 directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi after receiving a call requesting a medevac. A video of the medevac is available here.   The helicopter crew lifted the man and a nurse and transported him to West Jefferson Medical Center in stable condition.

02 Sep 2015

USCG Rescues Unconscious Boater

Rescue Team help boater

The Coast Guard rescued an individual from a marsh flat in Barataria Waterway located approximately six miles north of Grand Isle, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified by a good Samaritan of an unconscious person in a 17-foot aluminum john boat aground on a marsh flat at10:55 a.m. Watchstanders directed the launch of two 24-foot response boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

01 Sep 2015

3 Resuced from Sunken Fishing Vessel

Sunken Fishing Vessel

The Coast Guard rescued three individuals from a 75-foot fishing vessel that sank approximately 12 miles southwest of Point Au Fer in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified by a passing helicopter of a fishing vessel sinking with two life-rafts in the water. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City 29-foot response boat crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans. The survivors were located in a life raft after they fired off a flare.

07 Aug 2015

USCG Searches for Missing Person In Lake Pontchartrain

Pic USCG

The Coast Guard, Causeway Police and the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office are searching for a person who jumped from the Causeway Bridge into Lake Pontchartrain, Thursday night. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report around 10:38 p.m. of a person who exited a reportedly stolen vehicle and jumped into the lake. The missing person was driving a red Ford F-150 Lariat. The missing person is believed to be a Caucasian male in his late twenties or early thirties.

11 May 2014

Coast Guard Medevacs from Two Carnival Cruise Ships

Carnival Dream: Photo credit USCG

A Coast Guard helicopter airlifted a 25-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman from the 'Carnival Splendor', and the same day lifted a 36-year-old passenger from the 'Carnival Dream'. The Coast Guard informs that the cruise ship was approximately 135 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina when it requested medical help. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, hoisted two patients into the helicopter and took them to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, where they were reported to be in stable condition.

22 Apr 2015

USCG Medevacs Injured Mariner Near SW Pass

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A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew medevaced a man south of Southwest Pass, at around 12 p.m., Tuesday. The crew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans was dispatched approximately four miles south of Southwest Pass to pick up a mariner who had reportedly suffered a head injury. The helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer into the water, and the swimmer climbed into the boat to assist the injured man. The rescue swimmer prepared the man and the helicopter crew hoisted the man aboard, and then flew him directly to EMS at West Jefferson Medical Center.

27 Apr 2015

USCG Searching for Missing Boaters in Mobile Bay Area

USCG search for missing Boaters

The Coast Guard continues to search for at least five people in the Mobile Bay area Sunday. Rescuers searched throughout the night for the missing boaters and have covered a total of 1,773 square miles as of 11:00 a.m., Sunday. More than 40 people have been rescued by a combined effort of multiple agencies and good Samaritans. One boater was rescued by a Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island rescue crew at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday. A strong line of thunderstorms pushed eastward across the Mobile Bay area Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m., resulting in winds in excess of 70 miles per hour.

10 Jun 2015

USCG Rescues 4 from Sunken Vessel

USCG photo

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew rescued four sports fishermen from a platform after their vessel sank about 41 miles east of Venice, La., Tuesday. Watchstanders at the 8th Coast Guard District received a call from one of the sports fishermen stating their vessel sank and they were on a platform. The watchstanders directed the launch of two Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews. The rescue crew arrived on scene at about 3:30 p.m., and hoisted the four fishermen. The helicopter crew flew the fishermen to the air station with no reported injuries.

22 Dec 2014

Video: Crewman Medevaced from Oil Tanker

Photo: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) medevaced a Filipino crewmember from a tanker 23 miles south of Southwest Pass, Sunday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from the crew of the 748-foot Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Lorelei reporting a crewmember was suffering from a reportedly broken left leg. A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was directed to launch and arrived on scene to hoist the Filipino crewmember at 12:38 p.m.

09 Jan 2015

Search for Missing Hunter Near South Pass

The Coast Guard, state and local agencies responded to a report of a missing duck hunter in the vicinity of South Pass on the lower Mississippi River, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report of the missing hunter and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, and a Coast Guard Station Venice rescue boat crew at 9:17 p.m., Wednesday. First responders searched throughout the evening and into the morning. Plaquemine's Parish Marine Division and Lousiana Wildlife and Fisheries joined the search this morning. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries located the hunter at 10 a.m. on the western side of South Pass.

02 Feb 2015

Fishing Vessel Captain Medevaced Near Venice

Photo: USCG

The captain of a fishing vessel was medevaced near Venice, Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Command Center received a call from a crewmember aboard the vessel stating the captain had reportedly sustained a head injury, around 6:43 a.m. A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Venice small boat crew were directed to launch and arrived on scene at 8:40 a.m. The aircrew hoisted the captain and transported him to Air Station New Orleans to awaiting Emergency Medical Services.

05 May 2014

Good Samaritan, USCG Rescue 1 near Grand Isle

A Good Samaritan and a U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew rescued one person from the water 19 miles offshore Grand Isle, Friday. Watchstanders at the 8th Coast Guard District command center received a 406 emergency position indicating radio beacon for the shrimping vessel Andy & Johnny Jr. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans established radio communications with the distressed vessel and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast. Sector New Orleans directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boat-crew, a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, and a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., HC-144 fixed-wing crew.

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