December 30, 2022

UPDATE: Clarke County man also among those missing after helicopter crash

Therese Apel

Photo courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard District 8

According to The Scotty Ray Report out of Meridian, a Clarke County man was one of the four people on board a helicopter that went down in the gulf. Previously 36-year-old David Scarborough of Lizana was identified by family members as having also been on it.

The search, which was suspended Thursday night, will resume Friday morning.

Ray reports that the Clarke County man’s name has not yet been released to the public.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, crews spent eight hours searching 180 square miles of the Gulf on Thursday after the helicopter crashed. It was taking off from an oil platform around 8:40 a.m. to bring the four employees home off their shift.

Rotorcraft Leasing Company owns the helicopter, Coast Guard Petty Officer Jose Hernandez said. The platform is owned by Houston-based Walter Oil and Gas.

The helicopter crashed roughly 10 miles offshore of the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans.

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