Coast Guard searching for man missing in Lake Pontchartrain

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is searching for a 17-year old male who was swimming and went missing in Lake Pontchartrain near Pontchartrain Beach, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report from New Orleans Police Department at approximately 4 p.m., that the man went under after jumping off of a pier and did not resurface. The man had been swimming in the area with family throughout the afternoon.

Coast Guard Station New Orleans launched a 45-foot response boat and crew at 4:30 p.m. A 25-foot response boat and crew already in the area was diverted to assist in the search effort. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C dolphin helicopter and crew at approximately 4:45 p.m. to conduct aerial search patterns.

Surface assets remained on-scene overnight. A second overflight was conducted at first light.

“We are saturating a search area 10-miles-by-3-miles wide along the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain with assets both on the surface and in the air,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Washington, a watchstander at Sector New Orleans. “Coast Guard crews are working closely with the state and local agencies on scene as the search effort continues.”

Also searching are personnel from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and a dive team from the New Orleans Police Department.

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