The Coast Guard suspended its search for a helicopter that went down close to New Orleans, officers stated Friday, dimming hopes for rescuing 4 individuals who have been on board.
A pilot and three oil staff have been coming from a platform operated by Houston-based Walter Oil and Fuel when the crash occurred at about 8:40 a.m. CST on Thursday within the Gulf of Mexico, officers stated.
“As soon as a case is suspended it mainly means that we’ll cease looking out till we discover any new data that might truly assist us with the search,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Jose Hernandez advised NBC Information on Friday.
“For example any individual truly spots a physique or lets us know one thing (new) that may assist one in every of our property.”
Hernandez, a spokesman for the Coast Guard’s eighth District in New Orleans, stated Walter Oil and Fuel is prone to resume trying to find the downed craft.
A consultant for Walter Oil and Fuel couldn’t be instantly reached for touch upon Friday.
The Bell 407 helicopter crashed about 10 miles from the delivery channel Southwest Cross, on the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans, officers stated. The NTSB is investigating.
No our bodies have been instantly discovered, however the Coast Guard on Thursday launched pictures of particles — a number of cylindrical yellow objects bobbing within the water.
The Coast Guard despatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a 45-foot Response Boat that searched 180 sq. miles for eight hours, officers stated.
“It’s all the time a tough choice to droop a search,” Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Keefe stated in a press release. “Our deepest sympathies and condolences exit to the household and associates throughout this tough time.”
The Coast Guard rescued three folks two weeks in the past after their helicopter went down whereas attempting to land on one other oil rig close to New Orleans, officers stated. That Dec. 15 crash was about 30 miles south of Terrebonne Bay.
The Related Press contributed.