Coast Guard suspends search for 2 missing fishermen

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended the search for two missing crewmembers in the vicinity of Lonesome Bayou at approximately 12 p.m., Thursday.

Coast Guard crews searched a 13,451 square-mile area for more than 130 hours in an effort to locate the two missing fishermen.

Coast Guard resources used in the search effort:

• The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutters Razorbill and Stingray;

• Four response boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle;

• Ten HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew overflights from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala.;

• Fifteen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew overflights from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

A family member of the two crewmembers notified Coast Guard Station Venice Friday at 6 a.m. that the two men had not returned as planned from their trip the night of Jan. 24. The original departure location was Venice; the fishermen were aboard a 23-foot fiberglass workboat with a blue cabin.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to file a float with a friend, family or harbormaster. A float plan is a life-saving device on paper that provides first responders vital information for locating people in distress. For a float plan template, click here.

“A good float plan, detailing where they intend to transit and when they plan to return, can give rescuers a better idea of where to search,” said Lt. Cliff Beard, command duty officer at the 8th Coast Guard District. “In addition to a float plan, an emergency position indicator radio beacon or commonly referred to as an EPIRB, can give satellite-based position information to rescue units.”

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to always wear their life jacket, since an incident can happen at any time.

The search is suspended pending further developments.

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