Coast Guard rescues 4 people from burning vessel

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Coast Guard rescues 4 people from burning vessel

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NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued four people from a vessel that caught fire in Chandeleur Sound, Louisiana, Monday.

Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans received a report at 2:36 a.m. that the passenger vessel Grand Sun was on fire near the Chandeleur Islands.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to assist the people.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 3:52 a.m. and recovered the four people from the boat.

The aircrew transported the people to emergency medical services at Air Station New Orleans.

Sector watchstanders directed the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Venice to monitor the vessel’s location and check for possible pollution.