Coast Guard Locates Second of Four Missing Boaters

NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard crews from Air Station New Orleans located a second missing boater of the sunken 60-foot fishing vessel Silverwings around 10:30 p.m. Thursday approximately 100 miles south of Grand Isle, La. 

A good samaritan from the vessel Crosby Challenger found and rescued the first passenger who was clinging to a life ring Thursday evening. Air Station New Orleans medevaced both passengers to Air Station New Orleans where they were met by ambulance and taken to West Jefferson Hospital.  They are reportedly listed in stable condition.

Coast Guard crews from Louisiana and Alabama are searching for the remaining two boaters.

Searching are: 

  • Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless
  • Coast Guard Cutter Pelican
  • Air Station New Orleans
  • Aviation Training Center Mobile




At approximately 4 p.m. Thursday, the Coast Guard received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) signal from the Silverwings and launched an HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Corpus Christi to investigate. The Falcon crew located the vessel’s deflated life raft. 

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