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    Coast Guard Suspends Search for 4 Missing in Gulf Helicopter Crash

    Coast Guard Suspends Search for 4 Missing in Gulf Helicopter Crash

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for four people on board a helicopter that crashed into the Gulf of while departing an oil platform Thursday morning.

    Although the crash is not a closed case, crews will not resume the search unless they receive information, said Petty Officer Jose Hernandez, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard's 8th District, which is headquartered in New Orleans. New information includes finding additional debris or a body.

    “It is always a difficult decision to suspend a search,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Keefe, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.

    The helicopter's pilot and three oil workers went down around 8:40 a.m. CST Thursday about 10 miles (16 kilometers) offshore of Pass, a shipping channel at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. Helicopters routinely transport workers to and from oil platforms in the Gulf.

    One of the missing workers is 36-year-old David Scarborough of Lizana, Mississippi, according to his wife, Lacy Scarborough. She told the Sun Herald newspaper that they are expecting a baby, and that her husband recently got a job promotion.

    Lacy Scarborough told WDSU-TV that he was supposed to return home to celebrate a late Christmas with his family. She said the last message he sent to her said the helicopter was taking off and that he would be home soon.

    “I'm pretty much…

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