The Coast Guard is involved in the search for two missing boaters in Louisiana
's Lake Pontchartrain this
afternoon after their small boat was located overturned in the lake Monday afternoon.
Coast Guard rescue boat and helicopter crews are searching for Frank Andrew
and Gretchen Life
, both of Gretna, La.
The Causeway Police initially
located the boat, a homemade vessel of about 20 feet, near the Causeway Bridge Monday
and notified the Coast Guard at about 2:30 p.m. A Coast Guard Station New Orleans smallboat crew was immediately launched to investigate the report and conduct an initial search. The crew obtained the registration number from the vessel, but lacking any correlating information such as a mayday call, flare sighting, or overdue report, returned to base.
The Coast Guard resumed its search at about noon today after Gretna Police spoke
to neighbors who confirmed that Andrew and Life had left with their boat this past weekend.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans is coordinating the ongoing search efforts which
also include rescue crews from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
, the Causeway Police and the East Jefferson Parish Levee District Police