The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard rescued four people from a 47-foot towing vessel that ran aground in Terrebonne Bay approximately 12 miles south of Cocodrie, La., Sunday.
A watchstander from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call at approximately 3:30 p.m., Sunday, from a crewmember aboard the vessel, Capt. Monk, reporting that they had run aground with four people on board and the bow of the vessel was taking on waves causing the hull to flood.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans launched an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to the scene. The helicopter crew hoisted the four uninjured people and transported them to the Houma-Terrebonne Airport in Houma, La.
The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Broadcast to Mariners as a caution for the grounded vessel. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Houma will oversee salvage operations for the Capt. Monk.