An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Press Release | Dec. 23, 2023

Coast Guard rescues six people from two disabled fishing vessels 70 miles east of Venice, La.

U.S. Coast Guard Heartland Office: 504-671-2020 Cell: 618-225-9008

Editor's Note: Click on images to download high-resolution version.

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued six people from two disabled fishing vessels Saturday approximately 70 miles east of Venice, Louisiana.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a report from a good Samaritan Friday at approximately 6:30 p.m. of fishing vessel Georgia P being disabled approximately 70 miles east of Venice, Louisiana. 

Fishing vessel Seahorse responded to the tow of fishing vessel Georgia P. During the tow, the Seahorse also became disabled. 

Due to the captain aboard the Seahorse not having enough medication to get through the night, degrading weather, and poor communications, all crew members aboard agreed to be removed from their vessels. 

Watchstanders coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and successfully hoisted six people from both vessels and transported them safely to Gulf Shores International Airport at Jack Edwards Field, Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

All six men are reported to be in stable condition. 

Salvage plans will be coordinated by the owners. 

For more information follow us on Facebook and Twitter.