Coast Guard ends search for two people from capsized boat

USCG MH-65 File Photo

USCG MH-65 File Photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard ended its search for two people near mile marker 18 on the Mississippi River near Bootheville, Louisiana, Thursday.

The Coast Guards searched approximately 130 square nautical miles for 27 hours.

Missing are Katelyn Carlisle and Rueben Arellano.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday of a capsized 32-foot vessel with Carlisle and Arellano on board.

“Suspending our search is never an easy decision to make,” said Cmdr. Michael Wolfe. “The Coast Guard, along with local and state responders, spared no efforts over the past day, but unfortunately we did not locate the missing individuals. Our prayers and condolences are with the families of the missing individuals.”

Involved in the response were:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Coast Guard Station Venice 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew
  • Coast Guard Station Venice 24-foot Special Purpose Craft boatcrew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Mako boatcrew
  • Plaquemines Sheriff’s Office helicopter aircrew
  • Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries boatcrew
  • Branch Pilot boatcrew

River traffic reopened at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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