LDWF biologists rescue offshore fishermen near Southwest Pass
64-foot Viking sunk after striking oil platform, five-man crew found in life raft
|Photo provided by LDWF|
This photo shows one of the rescued fishermen being helped from a life raft on Wednesday near Southwest Pass.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists on a regularly scheduled sampling trip assisted in the rescue Wednesday of five offshore fishermen whose vessel inadvertently struck an oil platform.
According to a press release, the LDWF vessel Blazing Sevens. stationed out of the Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab, arrived at the scene where the 64-foot Viking sport “Extra Sauce” had sunk after striking a platform.
The five fishermen were aboard a life raft and were brought aboard the LDWF vessel, the release states.
“Every day I am proud of the work our biologists do at the Grand Isle Fisheries Lab, but I am even more proud of them and their efforts to help this crew whose lives were in immediate danger,” said Myron Fischer, LDWF Fisheries Lab Director. “The team we have assembled in Grand Isle are among the finest biologists I have worked with and they never hesitate to go above and beyond the call of duty.”
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