Coast Guard, good samaritan rescue 35 people from Lake Pontchartrain
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says its crews and a good Samaritan rescued 35 people from a houseboat that got water in the engine room during a storm.
It says nobody was hurt in the incident Saturday night on Lake Pontchartrain near the University of New Orleans.
Petty Officer Lora Ratliff says the Coast Guard was called shortly before 9:30 p.m. from a houseboat that was tied to pilings on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway when a storm hit.
Officials say one Coast Guard boat crew and a good Samaritan evacuated the houseboat. A second Coast Guard crew pumped out the boat and towed it to a marina.
Lake Pontchartrain is a brackish, 630-square-mile estuary averaging 12 to 15 feet deep.
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