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Fisherman drowns in Gulf of Mexico; 2 others rescued

Posted at 4:47 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 20:06:13-04

Two people were rescued and one drowned in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday while working on a fishing vessel for Omega Protien.

The Houston Coast Guard sector responded with a rescue boat and a helicopter, according to a spokesperson. Once they were notified that two crew members were rescued and a third had died, the rescue was called off.

Ocean Harvesters, a contracted company that supplies menhaden to Omega Protein, confirms that an incident occurred aboard a menhaden fishing vessel which has resulted in the death of one fisherman working on the F/V Terrebonne Bay.

On Wednesday morning, August 28, off the Southwest Louisiana coastline three fishermen went overboard while conducting normal fishing operations. The Coast Guard tells KATC that the incident happened seven nautical miles offshore of Grand Chenier. According to Ocean Harvesters, two of those fishermen were rescued by the crew of the F/V Terrebonne Bay. One person who went overboard was found dead and retrieved from the waters.

The company says they are still in the process of learning more about the incident and are fully supporting the United States Coast Guard investigation. No additional details were released .

The Marine Safety Unit Morgan City will be conducting a marine casualty investigation into the incident.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our fisherman, and our sincerest thoughts are with his family," a statement from the company reads.