Multi-Agency Search for a 47-Year Old Man in Lake Pontchartrain

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a 47-year old man who fell overboard Saturday around 5 p.m. in the western end of Lake Pontchartrain after his boat became disabled.

Coast Guard District Eight received the call around 7 p.m. Saturday from the daughter of the man, explaining that her mother and her father were onboard their 17-foot pleasure craft when it became disabled. The man jumped overboard allegedly to swim for authorities.

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station New Orleans launched and arrived on scene around 7:45 p.m Saturday, and a Coast Guard 25-foot Defender-Class Homeland-Security boat from Station New Orleans also searched throughout the night and all day Sunday along with two helicopters from Air Station New Orleans.

Also searching is Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft, as well as Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. John the Baptist Sheriff’s Office, St. Tamany Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The woman was taken ashore Saturday by local authorities. The couple were not wearing lifejackets and had no means of communication onboard except a cell phone that lost battery charge.

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