The Coast Guard, with help from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, rescued two men and a dog from a sinking boat that had been swamped off Delacroix Island on Saturday, Jan. 7, and a third man in the vessel was picked up by another boater.
Someone aboard the 17-footer called for held about 7:30 a.m. when the men’s boat had been swamped by waves in Howard’s Ditch, a canal, while they were on a hunting trip.
It was at least the seventh time in recent months that boats have sunk in St. Bernard Parish waters and people aboard had to be rescued, the Sheriff’s Office Marine Division said.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew was dispatched on Jan, 7 and with the help of the Sheriff’s Office located the sinking boat.
Two of the men and the dog were hoisted aboard the helicopter and flown to Air Station New Orleans, where they were reported in stable condition.
Due to weight limitations on the helicopter, one man was left on the boat but was picked up by another boater.