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Coast Guard rescues 4 from capsized vessel off Grand Isle


New Orleans, La. - A Coast Guard aircrew rescued four people from a capsized vessel about 200 yards off the coast of Grand Isle Saturday.

The 8th Coast Guard District command center received an emergency alert from the personal craft Stray Cat south of Grand Isle at about 7 p.m. The wife of the boat's owner reported that her husband and three other people went fishing Saturday morning and were due back in at sunset.

The people aboard the boat reported that the vessel was headed into Caminada Pass when a gust of wind hit it, causing the boat to capsize.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived on scene shortly after midnight and located the four survivors sitting on one of the boat's pontoons. The aircrew lowered a rescue swimmer and hoisted one of the four people aboard. The others waded ashore.

There were no injuries.

The Coast Guard encourages mariners to file a float plan and information about your trip with family or a friend before heading out. The Coast Guard says a float plan can make the difference in rescue and response times in the event of an emergency.

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