Coast Guard ends search in Houma Navigational Canal

Coast Guard District 8 NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard ended its search at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, for the mariner who was on a vessel that sank after a collision in the Houma Navigational Canal near Cocodrie, La., Wednesday.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office located and recovered the mariner’s body at approximately 9:30 a.m., Thursday.

Coast Guard crews searched for approximately 27 hours, covering more than 72 square miles, in an effort to locate the missing mariner. While the Terrebone Sheriff’s Office conducted underwater searches, the Coast Guard closed the Houma Navigational Canal to all maritime traffic.

At approximately 7:40 a.m., Wednesday, 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.

Assets that assisted in the search were:

  • 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;
  • A Coast Guard 24-foot shallow water response boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle;
  • A Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat – Small and crew from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City;
  • Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office;
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


“Our prayers and best wishes go out to the family of the mariner who was killed in this tragic accident,” stated Capt. John Arenstam, deputy commander for Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.

The Coast Guard reopened the Houma Navigational Canal to all maritime traffic.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

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