The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:
(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water in vicinity of Convent, La., on Thursday.
Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were notified by Customs and Border Protection at 8:30 a.m. that a 35-year-old male Chinese national was missing from the motor vessel BBG Bright.
Watch standers directed the launch of a 29-foot response boat-small boat crew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans.
BBG Bright got underway at 7 a.m. Thursday morning and discovered the crewman was missing at approximately 7:45 a.m.