Coast Guard searching for missing crewman in Plaquemines Parish

The Times Picayune reports that:

A search is under way for a man who disappeared from a workboat in Plaquemines Parish Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

The 35-year-old man, whose name was withheld, was last seen about noon on the vessel Wind of Change when he ended his watch and began a rest period. When he failed to report for a new watch at 7 p.m., other workers searched the vessel and three other boats that were moored together in Bayou Pontoon to work on a rig. The missing man’s belongings were found in his bunk.

The workers then began searching the water in small boats and notified the Coast Guard.

The spot is about six miles north-northeast of Pointe a la Hache, betwee the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet and the Mississippi River.

The Coast Guard is searching with a helicopter whose crew is coordinating with the small boats and the water patrol unit of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The Coast Guard said it will search again Monday with helicopters, and will request help from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department.

The Coast Guard is working to notify the man’s wife, who lives out of state.

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