U.S. sailor opens fire on Coast Guard helicopter

A sailor in Louisiana reportedly fired on a Coast Guard helicopter that responded to a distress call.

The Coast Guard Investigative Service said its Eighth District watchstanders received a distress signal “approximately 75 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana” on Thursday.

A Coast Guard helicopter responded to the scene and approached the 40-foot sailing vessel boarding a person and two dogs. The aircraft attempted to lower a radio, but the person started firing shots.

“The aircrew heard objects striking the aircraft and immediately departed the scene due to aircraft and crew safety concerns,” the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard has not reported any injuries but said the aircrew observed impacts of the shooting on the helicopter rotors.

On Friday, the Coast Guard arrested the sailor, whose identity was not disclosed.

The Coast Guard said it has continued to investigate the incident.


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