Coast Guard suspends search for person in the water near Lake Pontchartrain

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans

USCG MH-65 File Photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard suspended the search, Thursday at 7:46 p.m., for a person in the water in Lake Pontchartrain near Seabrook Bridge.

The Coast Guard searched approximately 218 square nautical miles of the area for approximately 28 hours.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a motorist driving on the bridge who reported seeing a person fall from a capsized 14-foot johnboat in Lake Pontchartrain at 2:39 p.m., Wednesday.

The good Samaritan reportedly pulled over to call local agencies and noticed the person was no longer in sight.

Involved in the search included:

  • Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crews
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews
  • New Orleans Sheriff’s Department
  • New Orleans Fire Department
  • Local Emergency Medical Services

Any information about the person in the water can be reported to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans at (504) 365-2200

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