Search for Survivors in Gulf Coast Helicopter Crash Suspended
On November 7, 2019, a helicopter is presumed to have crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. The helicopter was owned and being flown by Panther Marine. Panther Marine was operating the aircraft under Panther Helicopters of Belle Chasse. The helicopter was hired by Cox Oil.
The last communication was about ten minutes before the helicopter was expected to land. Unfortunately, the crew did not reach their destination.
Because the last known location of the helicopter was approximately 13 nautical miles off the coast of Louisiana, the Coast Guard is searching for the two passengers. “The passengers were transiting from one offshore rig to another” the Coast Guard stated. Since beginning the search, the Coast Guard discovered debris at 40 nautical miles. As of Saturday November 9th, the Coast Guard was still searching.
In an update on December 9, 2019, the Coast Guard suspended its search after scouring over 4000 square miles, and not locating the missing 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.”
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