Coast Guard rescues boater near Lake Pontchartrain

NEW ORLEANS – The US Coast Guard rescued a 59-year-old man after his ship capsized near Lake Pontchartrain on Thursday, according to a press release.

Watchers in the New Orleans Coast Guard sector received a call from the boater’s wife, they say, who was in direct communication with him after his 9-foot home-made skiff capsized near the I-10 bridge .

Observers say they coordinated the launch of a 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station New Orleans – medium boat crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from the air station of the New Orleans Coast Guard.

The man triggered his emergency position indicating radio beacon and also used his cell phone to communicate with his wife and the coast guard, they say. The crew were able to locate the man after using a tracking application on his cell phone.

The crew found him a few miles east of the I-10 bridge where he was hooked to his capsized vessel wearing a life jacket.

The crew hoisted the boater and transported him to a waiting ambulance at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans with hypothermia-like symptoms.

The man was last reported in stable condition.

“The main result of this incident is that the boater had a life jacket and resources with him to let us know he was in distress,” said Cmdr. Rob Trevino, New Orleans Area Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. “We strongly recommend that all boaters who go out wear an appropriate life jacket and have an emergency position indicating radio beacon with them. The man greatly increased his survivability in this situation, as he had the necessary safety equipment and informed someone of where he was going.

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