Every once in a while, a good day turns bad and then good again. This was the case for five fishermen aboard the “Extra Sauce”, a 64 foot Viking sportfish. They were fishing an oilrig off Grand Isle, Louisiana.
According to Myron Fisher, director of the LDWF Grand Isle Lab,
“they were fighting a tuna around the rig, and happened to strike the rig with the bow of the boat.
This tore a gash in the bow that then allowed the water to flow inward. The crew was trying to make a run for land, while calling for help on the radio.”
Lucky for them, the LDWF research vessel “Blazing Seven” was within six miles of the location where the boat floundered and could no longer run. The biologist and crew of the “Blazing Seven” were on a routine sampling trip when they responded to the mayday.
They arrived on scene to find the crew had inflated and boarded their life raft and the sportfish was on its way down. They came along side the raft and rescued the stranded fishermen and brought them home.
Never good to lose a boat, but always good to save the people!
The LDWF and the “Blazing Seven” perform regular trips to monitor and document the status of Louisiana’s offshore fisheries and habitat to better manage the resource so that everyone can partake of the incredible fisheries of Louisiana.
Photo credit: Myron Fisher, LDWF