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Gulfport Coast Guard cutter rescues fishermen off coast of Louisiana

Two people were rescued from this fishing vessel stranded off the coast of Venice, Louisiana, by a Coast Guard cutter out of Gulfport, Mississippi, on Thursday morning, May 4, 2017.
Two people were rescued from this fishing vessel stranded off the coast of Venice, Louisiana, by a Coast Guard cutter out of Gulfport, Mississippi, on Thursday morning, May 4, 2017. Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

Two people aboard a fishing boat were rescued by the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Razorbill early Thursday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles said the vessel was grounded on a reef and taking on water when the Razorbill was dispatched at 1:40 a.m.

The cutter arrived about three hours later and rescued both people aboard. Giles said one of the fishermen was displaying symptoms of hypothermia, so both were taken to Gulfport, where the Razorbill is stationed, and checked by emergency services there.

The fishing vessel was out of Mobile, Giles said.

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

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