Coast Guard rescues boaters discovered ‘keeping off sharks’

The Coast Guard rescued three boaters from the water off Louisiana on Sunday, two of whom had been “keeping off sharks” when rescuers arrived, officers mentioned.

The trio had been on a fishing journey, however their 24-foot boat sank round 10 a.m. Saturday and a member of the family reported them overdue that night, the Coast Guard mentioned in an announcement Monday.

When crews aboard a helicopter and a 45-foot Coast Guard boat discovered them within the water round 2 p.m. Sunday, the boat crew “witnessed two of the boaters keeping off sharks,” together with accidents to each boaters’ palms, the Coast Guard mentioned.

A Coast Guard helicopter rescues three boaters Sunday about 25 miles off Empire, La.U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi

The three had been pulled from the water round 25 miles off Empire, Louisiana, which is south of New Orleans.

Rescuers used a ship and a helicopter, and the three had been flown to a hospital in New Orleans, the place they had been secure, the Coast Guard mentioned.

The sharks had been reported to be blacktips, Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Graves mentioned.

The species, which is discovered year-round within the Gulf of Mexico, can develop to round 6 toes lengthy, in keeping with the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Coast Guard credited the relative who reported the boaters overdue and the truth that all had been carrying life jackets with serving to result in the profitable rescue.

The boaters additionally had various levels of hypothermia due to how lengthy they spent within the water, Graves mentioned.

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