Search crews looking for missing woman in Lake Pontchartrain

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Crews search for woman missing in Lake Pontchartrain near Lakefront Airport

NEW ORLEANS – One man has been rescued and a woman is missing after the Coast Guard responded to reports of a sailboat adrift in Lake Pontchartrain this morning.

The first reports of the 34-foot sailing vessel came in just before 6 a.m. when the boat was spotted near the Lakefront Airport.

Just after 7 a.m., Coast Guard Station New Orleans crews reached the boat about one mile north of Lakeshore Drive.

Forty-three-year-old Michael Farley was rescued from the lake and is currently in good condition, according to the Coast Guard.

Thirty-two-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux is still missing.

Farley and Thibodeaux were boating in the lake on August 5 when they decided to get into the water and were not seen or heard from again, according to the NOPD.

A bystander spotted the sailboat floating about 100 yards north of the University of New Orleans’ Lakefront Campus this morning, and Farley was located and rescued from the lake a short time later.

Investigators questioned Farley at the Third District police station, according to the NOPD.

A 45-foot Coast Guard response boat, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Mobile, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Maritime Unit have all joined in the search for the missing woman.

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