Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater on Lake Pontchartrain

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a boater that went missing on Lake Pontchartrain, Monday.

At 9:50 p.m. Sunday, watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Command Center received a report that a small pleasure craft carrying four adult men had allided with the Causeway Bridge, approximately one mile north of Metairie. Three of the men were later rescued by a response boat from Coast Guard Station New Orleans. The Coast Guard conducted 10 vessel and aircraft sorties, covering 37 square miles of Lake Pontchartrain searching for the missing man.

The following Coast Guard units and agencies assisted in the search:

  • A 25-ft response boat and crew from Small Boat Station New Orleans
  • An MH-65C helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office

The cause of the accident is under investigation by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

For the safety of all people on the water, the Coast Guard urges all mariners to wear Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices and complete a boating safety course. More information of boating safety can be found at

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