Coast Guard rescues two from capsized tugboat in Gulf (with VIDEO)

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard rescued two people from a capsized tugboat two miles east of Baptiste Collette on Tuesday.

At 2:30 p.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were contacted by handheld radio from a crewmember aboard the tugboat Katlynn Necole, stating that the vessel was taking on water. Watch standers directed the Coast Guard cutter Razorbill and crew to respond. The crewboat Simon also responded to the distress call.

Once on scene, the crew of the Razorbill lowered the cutter’s small boat, and transferred two people from the superstructure of the sunken vessel aboard, and then returned to the cutter. The Razorbill is transporting the crewmembers to Venice.

No injuries were reported.

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By Professional Mariner Staff