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Coast Guard rescues two from capsized vessel near Tiger Pass

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Sep 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-28 17:15:30-04

The Coast Guard rescued two people from a capsized vessel in Joe’s Bay on Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were called at about 11 p.m. over Channel 16 VHF, the international distress marine radio frequency, about a capsized vessel with two people aboard, approximately 500 yards south of Tiger Pass.

A boat and a helicopter were dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to rescue the people.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 11:51 p.m. and located the two people clinging to the hull of the vessel.

The aircrew hoisted the people and transported them to Air Station New Orleans in stable condition.

“Life-threatening situations can happen without warning on the water but there are things you can do to increase your chances of survival,” said Scott Talbot, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector New Orleans. “One of the easiest things you can do to keep yourself safe is wear a life jacket. If your vessel capsizes, staying near the vessel increases the likelihood search crews will locate you.”