Coast Guard searching for missing person near Causeway Bridge

24 Grand IsleNEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a person that reportedly fell from the Causeway Bridge on Lake Pontchartrain, Friday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified of a Hispanic male wearing a dark shirt and jeans, who reportedly fell from the southbound Causeway Bridge near the South Shore landing. The person reportedly fell through a gap in the fence near the beginning of the 35 MPH speed zone, at 11:55 a.m.

Sector New Orleans directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station New Orleans 24-ft. Special Purpose Craft- Shallow Water crew and a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew to search the area. A third Coast Guard crew will continue search efforts through the evening.

An MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew will conduct a first light search Saturday morning and Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on scene Saturday afternoon.

Jefferson Parrish Sherriff’s Office and the Causeway Police Dept responded as well.

Anyone who saw the person falling into the water or has any amplifying information is requested to contact the Sector New Orleans Command Center at 504-365-2209

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