Search Suspended for Louisiana Man Near Bahamas

MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended its search around 8 p.m. Friday for a Louisiana man who reportedly fell overboard around 6 p.m. Wednesday 37 miles south of Great Inagua, Bahamas.

Paul Callais, a 39-year-old resident of Gonzales, La., was reported missing by the crew of the 97-foot motor vessel Miss Glo to search-and-rescue coordinators at the Coast Guard’s Seventh District command center in Miami around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the crew aboard Miss Glo, Calais may have fallen overboard after the motor vessel endured a heavy wave. The Miss Glo crew was traveling from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, to the Cayman Islands.

Coast Guard crews searched nearly 2,820 square miles of the Caribbean Sea for Callais. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., deployed in support of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos, and two C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft crews from Air Station Clearwater were involved in the search.

“The decision to suspend a search and rescue case is always a difficult one,” said Lt. Matt Moorlag, Seventh Coast Guard District spokesman. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Paul Callais.”

The cutter Tampa is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

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