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Coast Guard suspends search for person in the water

Posted: 4:59 PM, Aug 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-31 17:59:25-04

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard suspended its search today for a person in the Mississippi River near Donaldsonville.

The Coast Guard searched approximately 46 square miles for 18 hours for a man who fell off a vessel into the water Thursday.

Involved in the search were:

  • Response boat crew from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge
  • Response boat crew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans
  • MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
  • Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office boat crew

“The decision to suspend a search is one of the most difficult things we do in the Coast Guard,” said Cmdr. Michael Wolfe, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “We consider many factors when making this decision, and it’s never easy. Coast Guard crews diligently searched for over 17 hours but, regrettably, the missing man was unable to be located. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the missing crewmember.”