Coast Guard suspends search for reported downed plane in Lake Pontchatrain

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a possible downed small aircraft on the northside of Lake Pontchatrain, Sunday. Coast Guard rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and Coast Guard Station New Orleans conducted more than eight hours of searches covering 155 square miles. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call reporting a small plane...

Coast Guard responding to reported plane crash in Lake Pontchatrain

Coast Guard responding to reported plane crash in Lake Pontchatrain
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a report of a possible plane crash in Lake Pontchatrain near Mandeville. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call reporting a plane crashing into the lake around 8 p.m. Coast Guard rescue crews were directed to launch in search of survivors. A Piper-type plane was reportedly seen going into Lake Pontchatrain...

Coast Guard searching for swimmer in Lake Pontchatrain

Coast Guard searching for swimmer in Lake Pontchatrain
NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for a 50-year-old Hispanic male in Lake Pontchatrain near Bayou St. John, Sunday evening. Missing is Telesford Chavez-Lopez, who was last seen wearing black jeans. Coast Guard watchstanders received a report that Chavez-Lopez was seen swimming in the lake with his family when he was seen going under around 4:30 p.m. A Coast Guard Station New Orleans...