The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:
(EMPIRE, La.) — The Coast Guard rescued five people with assistance from a good Samaritan about 18 miles offshore of Empire, La., on Saturday.
Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report of a 20-foot recreational boat taking on water at 9:45 a.m. Watch standers directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and a 45-foot response boat-medium crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle.
The people on board the recreational boat had been transferred to a good Samaritan vessel, the OSV Joseph Bisso, before the Coast Guard crews arrived.
The mariners were then transferred to the response boat-medium from Station Grand Isle, which put the recreational boat in tow for transit back to Grand Isle.