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USCG suspends search for missing near Southwest Pass

USCG suspends search for missing near Southwest Pass
Debris from helicopter crash 10 nautical miles off Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Dec. 29, 2022.
The Coast Guard suspended its search for four passengers aboard a downed helicopter near Southwest Pass.
U.S. Cost Guard photo.

NEW ORLEANS —​ The Coast Guard suspended the search for four​ persons​ on helicopter​ crash from oil platform, approximately 10​ nautical miles off Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Thursday at approximately 6:15 p.m.

Coast Guard 8th District watchstanders received a call approximately 8:40​ a.m. from Rotorcraft Leasing Company personnel stating a company helicopter with four people aboard went down in the Gulf of Mexico while in the process of departing an oil platform.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Station Venice 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew to assist in the search.

The rescue helicopter crew searched approximately 180 square miles for 8 hours.​

USCG suspends search for missing near Southwest Pass
Coast Guard 8th District watchstanders received a call from Rotorcraft Leasing Company personnel stating a company helicopter with four people aboard went down in the Gulf of Mexico while in the process of departing an oil platform.
U.S. Cost Guard photo.

“It is always a difficult decision to suspend a search,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Keefe, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Search and Rescue Mission​ Coordinator. “Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to​ the family and friends during this difficult time.”

Rescue crews involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60T Jayhawk MRR helicopter aircrew

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