Coast Guard searching for overdue boater

Coast Guard 8th District News
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is searching for a man who reportedly did not arrive at his final destination following a sailing trip in the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday.

Missing is Allan Marriotte, 63.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received an overdue vessel report from Chuck Rumsey at approximately 7 a.m., Tuesday, reporting that Marriotte was on a sailing trip aboard the Fairwind, a gray 40-foot sailing vessel, that departed from Pensacola, Fla., Thursday. Marriotte was expected to have already arrived in either Tarpon Springs, Fla., or St. Petersburg, Fla.

The crew of a Coast Guard HC-144 aircraft from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., is currently searching for Marriotte.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) was also issued to mariners to maintain caution in the area.

Anyone with information about Marriotte should call the Coast Guard command center at (504) 589-6225.

“The Coast Guard recommends filing a float plan every time you plan to go out on any body of water,” said Lt. j.g. Marcel Rousseau, a command duty officer for the Eight Coast Guard District. “Something as simple as telling a family member or a friend where you are going and when you plan to return can help in a search and rescue case.”

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