New Orleans area fishing charter owner killed following seaplane crash


FILE – Seaplane flying Credit: Madson Kaique Pereira De Andrades / EyeEm

NEW ORLEANS — The United States Coast Guard recovered three people in the water off the coast of southern Louisiana today. The victims were found in the water after a seaplane crash, according to a press release.

The New Orleans sector received a call shortly before 3 p.m. stating that a fishing charter service, Bourgeois Fishing Charters, had lost communications with one of its seaplanes that had three passengers aboard.

The aircrew searched the last known position of the seaplane in the Chandeleur Sound where two people were recovered and transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans.

One person was declared dead upon arrival. New Orleans news station WDSU said the deceased was identified as Theophile Bourgeois, the owner of Bourgeois Fishing Charters.

The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew continued their search and later rescued the third passenger, who was also transported to UMC.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

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