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Coast Guard rescues three from vessel taking on water south of Morgan City

Posted at 3:48 PM, Oct 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 16:48:13-04

The Coast Guard rescued three people and a dog from a fishing vessel that was taking on water south of Morgan City on Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a VHF distress call at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday of a fishing vessel, called Tiger Lilly, taking on water with three people and a dog onboard approximately 25 nautical miles south of Morgan City.

A helicopter aircrew was directed to the vessel's location to rescue the passengers. They arrived on scene shortly before 6:30 a.m. and hoisted the people and the dog out of the vessel.

The aircrew then transported them to the airport in Patterson, where emergency medical services were waiting.

One person was treated for mild hypothermia, but all were reported to be in stable condition.

"The Coast Guard wants to remind people to have a registered EPIRB and a VHF radio on their vessels" said Scott Talbot, the search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard District Eight. "The people aboard the Tiger Lilly having a VHF radio was crucial in this search and rescue. The aircrews were able to safely find and hoist the people and dog, and transported them to local EMS."