Coast Guard rescues 3 men stranded on inflatable raft in Lake Pontchartrain - C C AMHERSTBURG

Coast Guard rescues 3 men stranded on inflatable raft in Lake Pontchartrain

The Coast Guard rescued three men after they became stranded on an inflatable raft in Lake Pontchartrain Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23), according to a news release.

A small boat crew found the men two miles from shore around 12:40 p.m. and brought them to shore at Pontchartrain Landing, said Travis Magee, a spokesman for the Coast Guard. Due to weather conditions, the three men were unable to get back to land on their own.

When they were rescued, the men were not wearing life jackets and their phone batteries were dead, the Coast Guard said in the release.

The Coast Guard advised boaters to check the weather forecast prior to boarding a boat. They also urged boaters to wear life jackets and bring reliable communication devices.

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