Coast Guard Searching for Missing Louisiana Man Near Bahamas

MIAMI — Coast Guard crews are searching for a 39-year-old Louisiana man Thursday who reportedly fell overboard about 37 miles south of Great Inagua, Bahamas.

Paul Callais, of Gonzales, La., was reported missing by the crew of the 97-foot motor vessel, Miss Glo, to search-and-rescue coordinators at the Coast Guard’s Seventh District command center in Miami around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the crew aboard Miss Glo, Callais may have fallen overboard after the motor vessel endured a heavy wave around 6 p.m. The Miss Glo crew was traveling from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, to the Cayman Islands.

Coast Guard crews have searched nearly 900 square miles and more searches are scheduled. Two C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircrews from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater deployed in support of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa are involved in the search.

“This is an extremely challenging case because nobody saw Mr. Callais go overboard,” said Coast Guard Capt. James O’Connor, Seventh District search-and-rescue chief. “According to the crew of the Miss Glo, he had no life jacket and the seas were between 10-12 feet at the time. These conditions are extremely fatiguing for anyone in the water.”

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

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