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U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
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Update: Coast Guard suspends search for overdue aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search for the two people aboard an overdue helicopter that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday.

Coast Guard crews searched over 4,117 square-nautical miles for approximately 68 hours but were unable to find the passengers. 

“It is never easy to suspend a search,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michelle Ferguson from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “We searched diligently with our pilots, boat crews and cutter crews but were unable to find the two men aboard the helicopter. Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the two men.”

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard District Eight watchstanders
  • Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders
  • Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish crew
  • Coast Guard Station Grand Isle Response Boat-Medium boat crew
  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin aircrew
  • Coast Guard Station Venice Response Boat-Medium boat crew
  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew
  • Panther Marine

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