“Our rescue crews have been diligently continuing the search and rescue efforts for the missing people from the capsized vessel,” said Capt. Will Watson, commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.
He added that each case is dynamic and it is “always our hope to safely bring those people back and reunite them with their friends and families.”
A 45-foot response boat, helicopter, plane, and cutter are currently involved in searching what Watson calls “a very fixed location” because the vessel is not drifting. Port Fourchon Parish has deployed a search boat as well, according to Watson, noting that the water temperature is above 70 degrees.
As of Wednesday night, rescue teams have searched more than 1,440 square miles, the Coast Guard said.
“We are out there and we are committed to the search and rescue effort,” Watson said, adding later that he was “hopeful” as they continue their mission. It is possible there may be some individuals still inside the body of the vessel, according to Shelley Turner, a public information officer with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.