Four evacuated after offshore vessel catches fire

The Coast Guard evacuated four people from a vessel which caught fire 35 miles southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received the report from the offshore supply vessel Dustin Santos at 7a.m., of a vessel fire and four people in a life raft. The Dustin Santos recovered the four people from the life raft and transferred them to a nearby offshore platform in ship shoal block 154.

Sector New Orleans issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed two Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews to respond to the incident.

The helicopter crews transported the four people to Baton Rouge General Hospital and to West Jefferson Medical Center. The current condition of the four people is unknown.

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