U S Coast Guard saves two men from drowning Saturday night

U S Coast Guard saves two men from drowning Saturday night

New Orleans : LA : USA | Jun 03, 2012 at 2:41 PM PDT
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Coast Guard New Orleans Rescues

New Orleans Louisiana. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) rescued two men from possibly drowning Saturday night in Lake Pontchartain Saturday evening after they jumped into the lake from a disabled boat.

The United States Coast Guard station in New Orleans received an emergency call about 9:45pm from a disabled 18 foot bayliner with six passengers on board. The boat was located about two miles offshore near the New Orleans suburb of Metairie.

The Coast Guard reports two men ages 25 and 23 whose names were not released to the public jumped into the lake while the was stopped. They were unable to climb back into the boat.

The operator of the boat saw the two men in the lake. He tried to start his boat but the starter would not operate. The boat operator threw one life jacket at the two men.

The Coast Guard rescue team found the boat and fired a flare. Petty officer Dayron Lopez said "We were searchin by visual and by hearing. They were about a half mile from our boat when we could hear them struggling , clinging to one life jacket. When our lookout spotted them, we responded as fast as we could and brought the two aboard."

The boat was towed safely back to the Bonnabel Boat and Launch located in Metairie.

Both men who were rescued did not need any medical attention.

News sources New Orleans Times Picayune and Kari Dequine

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