Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard suspended its search today for a missing fisherman, Joseph McCatan, 28, after conducting multiple searches with negative results.

A crewmember aboard the commercial fishing vessel, the Kelli Michelle, called Coast Guard Station Venice at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday to report that McCatan was missing. He was last seen aboard the Kelli Michelle at 6 p.m. Sunday, when the vessel was in the vicinity of the Southwest Pass Sea Buoy.

The Coast Guard conducted 11 searches, spanning an area of approximately 690 square miles, using HH-65C rescue helicopters from Air Station New Orleans and the Cutter Strugeon, homeported in Grand Isle.

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