Fisherman Lost at Sea, Coast Guard Suspends Search

(RepublicanNews.org) – A search for a 35-year-old man who went missing off the coast of Louisiana has been suspended by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The search began on Saturday, December 2nd after the fisherman fell overboard off Miss Winnie, a commercial fishing vessel. The incident occurred around 140 miles off the coast of Port Fourchon.

Coast Guard District Eight watchstanders were first alerted to the situation at around 2 am by the vessel Kenneth Cole, which relayed the message of a man overboard from Miss Winnie. The Coast Guard launched three pieces of equipment, including a Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew, the Coast Guard Cutter Jacob Poroo, and a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew.

In addition, the Coast Guard transmitted urgent information to vessels in the nearby area and monitored the severe weather conditions which hampered search and rescue efforts.

The search continued for two days until it was called off on Monday, December 4th at around 5:30 pm. The decision to suspend the effort was made after the “probable search area was saturated with multiple assets and resources.” Despite extensive efforts that spanned over 46 hours and covered more than 2,000 square miles, the missing fisherman could not be located, as confirmed by the Coast Guard.

An investigation has been launched to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Incidents of people going missing in the Gulf of Mexico are not uncommon and are frequently caused by the severe weather conditions that are often present in the region. In October 2022, three fishermen were stranded for more than 28 hours after becoming lost at sea some 25 miles off the coast of Empire, Louisiana. Miraculously, the men survived the shark-infested waters after one of them was able to get a cell phone signal with just 2% of battery left and alert the Coast Guard with a screenshot of their location, despite not having coordinates.

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