Search suspended for mariner missing from crew boat

(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing crewmember near Port Sulphur, La., on Wednesday. Coast Guard crews searched approximately 220 square miles for a combined 11.5 search hours.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watch standers received a notification at approximately 12 a.m. Wednesday from the crew boat Mr. Fred of a missing crewmember.

Watch standers issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launches of a Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot response boat-small crew, a Coast Guard Station Venice 45-foot response boat-medium crew, and a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to search for the missing crewmember.

“Suspending a search is a tough decision that is never taken lightly,” said Cmdr. Anna Hart, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector New Orleans. “This search involved close coordination with state and local partners, and we appreciate their assistance. We send our condolences to the family and friends during this difficult time.”

Rescue crews involved in the search were Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, Coast Guard Station New Orleans, Coast Guard Station Venice, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Unit, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office land and marine units, and the Plaquemines Port Authority.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Rich Miller