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Vessel Fire Off Grand Isle Prompts Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue

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Four people were airlifted to regional hospitals by the Coast Guard this morning after a supply ship fire, according to a statement released by Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.

The Coast Guard says they received a report of a vessel fire from the offshore supply ship Dustin Santos at approximately 7 a.m. Monday morning.

The crew of the Dustin Santos recovered four people in a life raft and transferred them to a nearby offshore platform (in "ship shoal block 154," an area leased by petrochemical exploration firm Century New Orleans, a subsidiary of RAAM Global Energy Company), about 35 miles southwest of Grand Isle.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans dispatched two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews to the platform, and medevaced the four people to Baton Rouge General Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center.

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