Men rescued after spending night on barrier island
NEW ORLEANS - Coast Guard crews rescued two men from a burning boat that had run aground near the Chandeleur Islands sometime Tuesday or Wednesday.
Family members reported the men missing after they did not arrive at their destination as expected Tuesday. The men left Biloxi, Mississippi, earlier in the day.
Wednesday, the Coast Guard found the men on Freemason Island. Images from the Coast Guard show their vessel smoldering.
Freemason Island is a barrier island north of the mouth of the Mississippi and south of the Mississippi coast.
The men were hoisted to a helicopter and taken to Air Station New Orleans.
"These two boaters did the right thing by filing a float plan with a family member before getting underway," said Lt.jg. Andy Snyder, a pilot at Air Station New Orleans. "A float plan gives the Coast Guard a timeline and a search area which greatly increases the chances of being rescued."
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