The U.S. Coast Guard was called in to rescue four sports fishermen from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday. One of the fishermen called for help after their boat sank about 41 miles east of Venice, Louisiana. The men managed to make it to the platform. That’s where MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans found the men and hoisted them to safety in a basket. The men weren’t hurt in the incident.
In a statement from the USCG, Lt. Nicholas Greaver, the command duty officer of the 8th Coast Guard District, praised the fishermen for being prepared. “The Coast Guard rescue crew was able to rapidly respond to these mariners in distress because they had an extra form of communication… We always recommend before you get underway to ensure you have filed a float plan, extra forms of communication, emergency supplies and always wear a life jacket.”