Coast Guard Rescues Three Mississippi Fishermen

Coast Guard search and rescue personnel from Station Venice, Air Station New Orleans, and the Coast Guard Cutter Pompano rescued three fishermen Thursday evening from a life raft approximately 20 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana.

The Coast Guard received a report from the crew aboard the research vessel Tommy Munro at 8:40 p.m. Thursday night, that an 80-foot shrimping vessel was engulfed in flames.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans dispatched a 41-foot boat crew from Station Venice, an HH-65C rescue helicopter crew from Air Station New Orleans, and the crew of the cutter Pompano, homeported in Gulfport, Miss.

The Tommy Munro stayed on scene and assisted with the search for the vessel's crew.

Upon arriving to the scene the helicopter crew reported seeing three persons aboard a life raft wearing life jackets approximately two nautical miles from the burning vessel.

The cutter Pompano was directed to the life raft where they safely rescued the three fishermen. The fishermen were transferred to the Station Venice boat crew and transported to shore.

The Pompano returned to the burning vessel and extinguished the fire.

The U.S. Coast Guard urges mariners to always wear their life jackets while boating, and insure all safety and emergency equipment is onboard in good working order prior to getting underway.