3 rescued from ship taking on water in New Orleans

New Orleans water rescue
The uninspected towing vessel Todd Michael is grounded on Lake Pontchartrain, Tuesday April 15, 2014. The Coast Guard rescued three crewmembers from the vessel after receiving the report from the UTV Todd Michael. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued three crew members aboard a towing vessel taking on water and reportedly grounded in Lake Pontchartrain.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans’ command center received a report Tuesday that the UTV Todd Michael was grounded on rocks near the Lakefront Airport with three people aboard. The agency says it launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, which hoisted two people from the ship, and a response boat crew, which removed one person on a barge attached to the towing vessel.

All three men were transported to hospitals. The Coast Guard did not provide details of injuries, and crew members’ conditions were not immediately known.

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