Coast Guard, local agencies search for person in the water near Bayou Bienvenue

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a missing man near Bayou Bienvenue, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 4 p.m., Thursday, from St. Bernard Sheriff Department that Haskin Payne III had fallen off a 20-foot pleasure craft near Six Flags New Orleans. Payne’s wife was also aboard the vessel and reported that after Payne fell she attempted to assist him, but lost sight of him.

Sector New Orleans launched a Coast Guard Station New Orleans 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat crew and a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, and St. Bernard Sheriff Department also dispatched units. A Navy unit P-8-Alpha aircrew also conducted search efforts.

The MH-65 aircrew arrived on scene at 4:30 p.m. and located Mrs. Payne aboard a good Samaritan vessel. The aircrew’s rescue swimmer was deployed to evaluate the survivor before the good Samaritan vessel transferred her to a St. Bernard Sheriff Department marine unit to be transferred to EMS. EMS transferred her to University Medical Center.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries towed the vessel to Paris Road landing.

A Station New Orleans 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat crew, a MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, and St. Bernard Sheriff Department are on scene conducting search efforts.

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