Sinking Sailing Yacht Rescue, Two Saved by Coast Guard Near Venice, Louisiana

The Coast Guard rescued two people from a sailboat that was sinking in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 20 miles south of Venice, Louisiana, Wednesday [March 20, 2019]. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack received a report at 8:30 a.m. of a sailboat taking on water approximately 2 miles from the cutter. The cutter crew arrived on scene at 8:56 a.m., rescued the two people and transported them to Coast Guard Station Venice in stable condition. The sailing vessel sank after the rescue.

“Accidents can happen at any time on the water, which is why it is so important for mariners to be prepared for the worst,” said Cmdr. Michael Wolfe, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “The survivors were wearing life jackets and were able to contact the Coast Guard in a timely manner because they brought reliable forms of communication.”
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VENICE, LA, UNITED STATES
03.20.2019
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Magee
U.S. Coast Guard District 8

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack rescues two people from a sailboat that was sinking in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 20 miles south of Venice, Louisiana, March 20, 2019. The cutter crew arrived on scene at 8:56 a.m., rescued the two people and transported them to Coast Guard Station Venice in stable condition. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack /Released)

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HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES
07.18.2009
Courtesy Video
U.S. Coast Guard District 8

HOUSTON – In this video by the U.S. Coast Guard, a 41-foot rescue boat crew from Station Freeport and the Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack search for a man who was reported to have gone overboard a 60-foot shrimping boat off Matagorda, July 17, 2009.

(U.S. Coast Guard video/Air Station Corpus Christi)

GALVESTON, TX, UNITED STATES
08.07.2012
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Metcalf
U.S. Coast Guard District 8
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GALVESTON, Texas – The US Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack, a 110-foot cutter, sits at its berth in Coast Guard Sector Galveston August 7, 2012. The Skipjack is designed for law enforcement operations along the Texas coastline. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Metcalf.

GALVESTON, TX, UNITED STATES
08.07.2012
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Metcalf

GALVESTON, Texas – The US Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack, a 110-foot cutter, sits at its berth in Coast Guard Sector Galveston August 7, 2012.

MIAMI, FL, UNITED STATES
09.12.2018
U.S. Coast Guard District 7

Two Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews fly to Savannah, Georgia to pre-stage for Hurricane Florence response efforts, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard video by Lt. j.g. Kyle Unger

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