Houma, LA (Off Shore) Helicopter Crash, Aug 1980

TWO SIGHTED NEAR HELICOPTER WRECKAGE.

New Orleans (AP) -- Two men were sighted in the Gulf of Mexico today near the wreckage of a helicopter that was evacuating 13 oil rig workers in the advance of Hurricane Allen, the Coast Guard said.
"They've found the wreckage of the helicopter but we don't know it they are dead or alive," said Coast Guard spokesman Joe Gibson.
The Coast Guard said a civilian boat found the wreckage about 60 miles southwest of Houma, La.
The Ocean Drilling and Exploration Co. said the pilot and five of its employees were aboard the helicopter, along with seven workers from various offshore services companies.
The missing employees were identified as:
Engineer ROBERT W. ELLISON, 26, of College Station, Texas.
Roustabout STEPHEN FAGNANI, 20, of Armonk, N.Y.
Roustabout BRANDON YOUNG, 20, of Armonk, N.Y.
LAWRENCE NEEBE III, 29, of Houma.
JOE DiGIOVANNI, 27, of Independence, La.
ODECO spokesman Al Spindler said the helicopter picked up the last men from a company oil production platform about 90 miles southwest of Houma and was headed to shore when it disappeared.

Paris News Texas 1980-08-07