Coast Guard continues search for 2 missing fishermen

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NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard crews continue search efforts for two missing crewmembers in the vicinity of Lonesome Bayou.

Missing are Thanh Ha, owner of the boat, and Anthony Nguyen, crewmember.

The original departure location was Venice; the fishermen were aboard a 23-foot fiberglass workboat with a blue forward cabin, 225 outboard Yamaha engine and a blue 20-gallon tank on the aft.

The boat registration number is LA5756CA and is located on the port and starboard side of the boat.

Coast Guard crews have searched more than a 9,500 square-mile area for more than 72 hours in an effort to locate the two missing fishermen.

Coast Guard resources used in the search effort:

• The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill;

• Two response boatcrews from Coast Guard Stations Grand Isle and Venice;

• An HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala.;

• Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

“We have searched an area the size of roughly the state of Massachusets to locate the two missing fishermen,” said Lt. Joseph Smith, command duty officer of 8th Coast Guard District.

Anyone with information is requested to call the 8th Coast Guard District watchstanders at (504) 589-6225 or via on VHF-FM channel 16.

LOS ANGELES - A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles conducts flight training just off the coast of San Pedro, Calif., March 18, 2012.  Coast Guard aircrew members must constantly train together to keep their life saving skills sharp for the next mayday call.  U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

USCG MH-65C file photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

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