** UPDATE – On Sunday, the Coast Guard announced that they have suspended their search for the missing man. The man is said to have gone overboard into Vermilion Bay on Friday. The Coast guard says they searched more than 1,700 miles for 25 hours before making the difficult decision to stop.
“After an exhaustive search the Coast Guard and local partners were unable to locate the missing mariner,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michelle Ferguson, the search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “The decision to suspend a search is never easy and our thoughts are with the families and loved ones during this very difficult time.”
NEW ORLEANS — On Friday, the Coast Guard began searching for a person in the water in Vermilion Bay.
According to the Coast Guard, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at about midnight Thursday of a vessel with two passengers that was overdue to return home.
A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew discovered the capsized vessel in Vermilion Bay and located one survivor who swam to a nearby rig. The survivor told the crew that the vessel had struck a submerged object, ejecting both passengers from the boat before capsizing.
The missing passenger is described as a 40-year-old caucasian male wearing khaki shorts and either white or grey shirt.