Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received notification Tuesday July 12, that the 36-foot fishing vessel LOONEY TUNA was taking on water and had capsized. Three of the six on board reportedly suffered injuries. The Coast Guard launched two helicopter rescue crews and one boat crew to the scene, where they successfully hoisted the three injured fishermen and transported them to a nearby hospital. The rescue boat and crew safely transported the other three fishermen to shore, where emergency medical services awaited their arrival.
The Coast Guard stresses the importance of having marine-band radios, emergency position indicating radio beacons, life jackets and signaling devices on board. Having this sort of equipment on board allowed the crew of the LOONEY TUNA to make a call requesting help.