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Two rescued, one dead after seaplane crashes

The fishing charter plane crashed in Chandeleur Sound, the Coast Guard reports
Posted at 8:03 PM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 21:03:55-04

A seaplane crashed in Chandeleur Sound today, leaving one man dead, the US Coast Guard reports.

WGNO is reporting that the man who died was Theophile Bourgeois, a well-known fisherman, guide and sports. To read that story, click here.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 2:56 p.m. that a local fishing charter service, Bourgeois Fishing Charters, had lost communications with one of its seaplanes that had three passengers aboard.

A MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans searched the last known position of the seaplane in the Chandeleur Sound.

The aircrew recovered two of the people from the water and transported them to University Medical Center in New Orleans. One of the passengers was declared deceased upon arrival.

An MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew from Air Station New Orleans later rescued the third passenger. The passenger was transported to University Medical Center.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.