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La. crew assist in fiery Gulf rescue

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Posted: Jul 25, 2014 8:42 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jul 25, 2014 8:42 PM
Source: WBRZ

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NEW ORLEANS- Coast Guard rescuers from the Air Station here assisted in a rescue off the coast of Pascagoula Friday.

Five people were on board a 40-foot yacht when it caught on fire and sank near Petit Bois Island. Everyone evacuated to a life raft.

Two other boats nearby assisted in the rescue along with a Coast Guard helicopter crew from the Crescent City and a Coast Guard boat from Mississippi.

"This vessel was very prepared", said Coast Guard Captain Joseph Snowden. "Not only were they able to escape to a life raft, but they were able to issue a mayday broadcast and follow it up with an automated distress call that included a GPS position allowing us to proceed directly to their precise location. We also received excellent support from two good Samaritans."

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.
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