Morgan City, LA (off shore) Helicopter Crashes In Gulf Of Mexico, Oct 1966


Sabine Pass -- A surface vessel from the U. S. Coast Guard station at Sabine continued, along with other Coast Guard and civilian craft, to search the waters of the Gulf of Mexico off Morgan City, La., today for survivors of a Mobil Oil helicopter that crashed Tuesday about 6:30 p.m.
At a late hour this morning there has been no sighting of survivors, and there was still no identification of crewmen who took off from an offshore drilling rig in the helicopter shortly before the crash.
Spokesmen in Sabine, in touch with the rescue operations via radio, said search efforts are being hampered by rain and fog. The Sabine station sent an 82-foot boat to the scene after receiving the distress call and a Coast Guard helicopter from Corpus Christi was also reported at the scene.
The initial report came from another oil company helicopter, whose crewmen witnessed the crash. Part of the wreckage was later recovered by an oil company crew boat, but there was no sign of the passengers.
Spokesmen at Mobil's Beaumont refinery told The News they, too, were seeking details of the accident. They explained, however, that Mobil's exploration and producing department, to which the helicopter belonged, is a separate division with headquarters in New Orleans. The helicopter was based at Morgan City.

The Port Arthur News Texas 1967-08-16