Search suspended for person after shrimp boat fire
BURAS – The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a person who may have been aboard a shrimp boat in Long Bay near Buras on Saturday.
Around 4:20 a.m., the Coast Guard received a report of a 30-foot shrimp boat on fire in the water. It was reported that the boat later sank in about four feet of water one mile from Joshua Marina. A portion of the boat was still above water.
It is not known at this time if a person was aboard the boat when it sank.
A Coast Guard boat crew and a Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office crew assisted in the search, which lasted for eight hours over five and half square miles. The search was suspended on Saturday around 5:45 p.m.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Coast Guard New Orleans Sector at 504-365-2200.