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Coast Guard assists disabled vessel near Venice, Louisiana
News Release
Sunday, December 30, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard towed a vessel that was disabled approximately 25 miles south of Venice, Louisiana, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 12:38 p.m. of a disabled vessel with two people aboard in South Pass, Louisiana.

Coast Guard Station Venice launched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft—Shallow Water boatcrew to assist the vessel.

Another boat, which was on scene with the disabled vessel, towed the disabled vessel out of shallow water to a more accessible area.

Visibility was hampered by deteriorating conditions including rain and heavy winds.

The boatcrew arrived on scene at approximately 2:52 p.m. and towed the vessel to Cypress Cove Marina.

“Dangerous situations can occur without warning on the water, which is why it’s important to be prepared for the worst,” said Cmdr. Michael Wolfe, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “Boaters can do many things to keep themselves safe including actively monitoring current and forecasted weather conditions, as well as bringing a VHF radio so the Coast Guard can be notified of your situation and assist as soon as possible.”

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