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NEW ORLEANS The Coast Guard rescued three people from a tug boat in Lake Pontchartrain.

The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command center received a report the tug boat Todd Michael was taking on water and reportedly grounded on the rocks near the Lakefront Airport. The vessel has three people on board, according to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard sent a helicopter crew and a response boatcrew to assist the tug boat. The helicopter crew hoisted two crewmen from the ship and the boatcrew removed one member from the barge attached to the towing vessel.

'Once on scene, it was apparent that the grounded vessel offered many hazards for retrieving the survivors safely,' said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ari Markle, an aviation survival technician at Air Station New Orleans. 'Due to our diligent training and a dedicated crew, we overcame the hazards to help get them immediate medical attention.'

The condition of the three people who were rescued is unknown.

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