Holiday weekend keeps Coast Guard busy

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The three-day Labor Day weekend gave boaters once last chance at time on the water during the summer season. With plenty of people on the water, the inevitable mishaps ensued.

Two Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews medevaced 13 people involved in a boat collision Saturday night near Buras, La.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report that two 30-foot vessels collided near mile marker 21 on the Mississippi River injuring 19 people.

Click here for the report by the Times-Picayune.

Off South Padre Island, Texas, four people were rescued Sunday by a Coast Guard boat crew.

The crew located and rescued them from their sinking 24-foot Sea Ray, which lost power amid 4 to 5-foot seas.

“Thankfully, the passengers were all wearing life preservers when our crew arrived on scene,” said Commodore Dan Deptula, the response officer of Sector Corpus Christi. “Once their vessel lost power, they immediately anchored to keep their bow into the waves.”

Click here for the full announcement with photo of the sinking boat.

The Coast Guard assisted three people aboard a sailboat that was taking on water Saturday in the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City, N.C.

A member aboard the 32-foot sailboat Grace contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 2:45 p.m. reporting their boat hit a submerged piling, were taking on water and had 14 inches of water in the boat.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City to assist. Once on the scene, the crew removed the three people from the boat and took them to Lambs Marina in Camden, N.C.

Tow Boat U.S. is scheduled to salvage the boat.