Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 4 people from vessel

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News Release  

December 20, 2017
U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
Office: (504) 671-2020
After Hours: (618) 225-9008

Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 4 people from vessel


NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued four people from a vessel 3 nautical miles south of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, Wednesday. 

The Eighth Coast Guard District watchstanders received an alert at 10 a.m. from an emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the commercial fishing vessel Eunice Lemay with four people aboard.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and received a report from two good Samaritans, the commercial fishing vessel Erica Lynn and the sailing vessel J&B, of the Eunice Lemay keeled over with four people on its side.

Sector Mobile watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew. The Erica Lynn recovered three of the individuals and the Station Dauphin Island boatcrew recovered the last individual.

The four individuals were reported in good condition.

"Ensuring the vessel's EPIRB registration information is the most up to date with the vessel information and homeport as well as the owner's address, contact information, and emergency contact information can play a vital role in maximizing the use of the device," said Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Landis, an operations specialist at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center.