US Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a notification of a vessel collision between a 40-foot commercial deck boat with eight people aboard and a 24-foot bay boat with four people aboard.

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All four people from the bay boat were thrown into the water. The crew of the commercial deck boat threw the people in the water life jackets and brought them on board the commercial deck boat.

Watchstanders deployed a US Coast Guard Station Venice 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew, who arrived on scene at 11:05 a.m. The boatcrew received the four individuals from the deck boat and transferred them to Station Venice, where they were then transported to Ochsner Medical Center in Terrytown, Louisiana.

As for the bay boat, it is half sunken in Baptiste Collete Bayou outside the channel awaiting salvage.

The cause of the incident is unknown and under investigation.

Cdr. Zachary Ford, Sector New Orleans, stated:

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to always wear a life jacket when operating on the water