Coast Guard and partner agencies conducting search in Houma Navigational Canal

Coast Guard District 8 NewsNEW ORLEANS —The Coast Guard is conducting a search for any mariners who might have been on a vessel which sank after a collision near Cocodrie, La., Wednesday.

At approximately 7:40 a.m., Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office stating a vessel collision had occurred near Cocodrie in the Houma Navigational Canal. The Miss Laurie, a 36-foot skully aluminum hulled boat, and a small aluminum hulled boat, collided at the intersection of Bayou Petit Caillou and the Houma Navigational Canal.

Currently searching are:

  • A Coast Guard MH-65C helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans;
  • A Coast Guard 26-foot Aids-to-Navigation boat and crew from Coast Guard ANT Dulac;
  • Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office;
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“The Coast Guard is working with state and local partners to conduct a search for persons that may have been on a vessel that was involved in a collision with the Miss Laurie,” said Capt. John Arenstam, deputy commander for Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “These partnerships are crucial in being able to quickly respond to critical maritime incidents in south Louisiana.”

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to mariners.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

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