Coast Guard suspends search for man missing in Lake Pontchartrain

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 17-year old male who was swimming and went missing in Lake Pontchartrain near Pontchartrain Beach, Sunday.

Missing is Bilder Lopez, 17.

At approximately 4 p.m., Saturday, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report from the New Orleans Police Department 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 and throughout the day. A second overflight was conducted at first light.

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

The search is suspended pending further developments.

If you have any problems viewing this article, please report it here.

Related Posts

Comments are closed.