Coast Guard finds capsized boat, passengers still missing
The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a crew found a capsized boat 12 miles southeast of the Arno Atoll in the Pacific Ocean that held four people including an LSU alumnus, that were reported missing last week.
The missing LSU graduate, James de Brueys, 22, is a former Chimes Restaurant bartender who moved to the Marshall Islands in July to teach English, according to his mother, Mary de Brueys.
He is one of four missing mariners that left Bikarej Island in Arno Atoll around 3 p.m. on Thursday for a 15-mile trip to Majuro, an island in the Marshall Islands, according to a news release by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The trip normally takes 90 minutes. Thus, according to the release, when the boat failed to arrive as scheduled, government officials launched a search Friday.
Mary de Brueys said the U.S. Coast Guard told the family they believe the boat her son was in had engine problems.
Rescue workers will continue to search for James de Brueys and the other mariners today and tomorrow, she said.