Story by U.S. Coast Guard,
8th District Public Affairs
JSHELL BEACH, LA - The Coast Guard located a
60-year-old man Thursday after he was reported overdue about 40 miles
east of Shell Beach, La.
Peter Agnelly was reported overdue to the Coast Guard at around 8:30
p.m. Thursday by Kenny Campo of Campo Marina.
An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station New
Orleans was dispatched to a fishing area frequently used by Agnelly.
Minutes after arriving on scene, the rescue crew noticed a boat flashing
its lights. After the rescue crew confirmed the location and
identity of the boat, a good Samaritan was directed to the scene and
With poor weather forecasted, Agnelly would have been extremely
difficult to locate, even with the aid of night vision technology.
Agnelly had the foresight to conserve his battery power in order to
signal the rescue crew.
The Coast Guard recommends all boaters take the following actions prior
to leaving the dock:
File a "float plan" with a friend or relative (you can find
one online at
Always wear a lifejacket
Carry a signal kit (flares, strobe light, whistle, etc.)