People from sunken fishing boat fend off sharks in rescue

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Two people from a sunken fishing boat were fending off sharks in the Gulf of Mexico when a crew rescued them and another person from waters off the Louisiana coast, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard launched a search after a relative reported the three people failed to return from a fishing trip Saturday night. The 24-foot center console fishing boat sank around 10 a.m. Saturday and stranded the three without communication devices, the Coast Guard said in a news release. The three were wearing life jackets and one showed signs of hypothermia when they were rescued about 25 miles off Empire, Louisiana on Sunday – a small community southeast of New Orleans. injured hands. The crew pulled them out of the water and the two were transported to a helicopter. The helicopter crew pulled the third boater out of the water. Both injured were taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans, where they were listed as stable. The Coast Guard did not release their names. “If the family member hadn’t notified the Coast Guard and if those three boaters weren’t wearing life jackets, it could have been a completely different outcome,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Keefe, Coast Guard search and rescue mission coordinator in New Orleans.

Two people from a sunken fishing boat were fending off sharks in the Gulf of Mexico when a crew rescued them and another person from waters off the Louisiana coast, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard launched a search after a relative reported that the three people had not returned from a fishing trip on Saturday evening.

The 24-foot center-console fishing boat sank around 10 a.m. Saturday and left the three people stranded without communication devices, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

The three were wearing life jackets and one showed signs of hypothermia when they were rescued on Sunday about 25 miles off Empire, Louisiana – a small community southeast of New -Orleans.

The news release says a Coast Guard boat crew saw two of the people fend off sharks, and both had injured hands. The crew pulled them out of the water and the two were transported to a helicopter. The helicopter crew pulled the third boater out of the water.

Both injured were taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans, where they were listed as stable. The Coast Guard did not release their names.

“If the family member hadn’t notified the Coast Guard and if those three boaters weren’t wearing life jackets, it could have been a completely different outcome,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Keefe, Coast Guard search and rescue mission coordinator in New Orleans.

The news release says Coast Guard crews in two boats, two planes and a helicopter searched about 1,250 square miles of water — a little larger than the size of Rhode Island.

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