Coast Guard Responding to Helicopter Crash

NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard crews are responding to a helicopter crash with four passengers onboard which occured at approximately 6 p.m. today two miles east of the jetty approximately halfway up the Southwest Pass.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a mayday call from the shrimp vessel Sally Kim 4 reporting that an Air Logistics helicopter had crashed and they have recovered three passengers.

Coast Guard Station Venice is arriving on scene with 33-foot and 41-foot small boats. Air Station New Orleans attempted to launched and HH-65C rescue helicopter crew but had to return to base due to inclement weather. A Southwest Pass pilot boat is also on scene assisting in the search for the one remaining helicopter crew member.

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