Coast Guard suspends search for overdue vessel in Vermillion Bay, Louisiana

Marine Safety Unit Morgan CityNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search for one person aboard an overdue vessel in Vermillion Bay, Louisiana, Saturday.

Coast Guard crews spent over 29 hours onscene and searched more than 1,560 square-nautical miles over the course of three days but were unable to locate the man.

“Our condolences go out to the family,” said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Plummer, the search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “We searched for three days and successfully found his vessel but were unable to locate him. The decision to suspend a search is never easy and our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew
  • Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City 24-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew
  • Two Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 24-foot Response Boat-Small boat crews
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew
  • St. Mary Sheriff’s Department
  • Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department
  • Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Good Samaritans

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