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Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Crewboat Crewman Off Louisiana

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Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Crewboat Crewman Off Louisiana

Mike Schuler
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April 26, 2023

The Coast Guard has called off its search for a missing crewmember near Port Sulphur, Louisiana. The search, which lasted for approximately 11.5 hours, covered an area of about 220 square miles.

The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans reports that the search was initiated after they received a notification at 12 a.m. on Wednesday from the crew boat Mr. Fred about the missing crewmember.

In response, the Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and deployed a Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew, a Coast Guard Station Venice 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew, and a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to search for the missing crewmember.

Despite the extensive search efforts, the missing crewmember has not been located and the Coast Guard made the difficult decision to suspend the search.

“Suspending a search is a tough decision that is never taken lightly,” said Cmdr. Anna Hart, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector New Orleans. “This search involved close coordination with state and local partners, and we appreciate their assistance. We send our condolences to the family and friends during this difficult time.”

The Coast Guard has not released any information about the missing crewmember or the circumstances surrounding their disappearance.

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