NEW ORLEANS – A man who was swimming in Lake Pontchartrain with his family on Sunday evening was last seen going under the water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District.
Around 4:30 p.m., Telesford Chavez-Lopez, 50, was in the lake near Bayou St. John on Beauregard Avenue and Lakeshore Drive.
When the water suddenly became rough, the family decided to get out, according to a family friend. Relatives tried to save him, but when attempts failed, they immediately called 911.
The father of four was last seen wearing black jeans, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard used a response boat and helicopter to search for him for nearly four hours Sunday night. The New Orleans Police Department assisted in the search, which was eventually called off due to rough water.
Crews re-began their search before 7 a.m. on Monday. NOPD divers and a Coast Guard boat and helicopter scanned the water.
The NOPD is searching 50 yards in each direction from the spot Chavez-Lopez went missing.
If there is no sign of him by 2 p.m. on Monday, crews will began utilizing sonar equipment in the search.
Although swimming is not allowed in Lake Pontchartrain, there have been four drownings since 2012.