UPDATE: (KLFY) The Coast Guard suspended its search late Thursday for four passengers aboard a downed helicopter after searching approximately 180 square miles for 8 hours. 

“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.

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends during this difficult time.”

Rescue crews involved in the search were: Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew and Coast Guard Station Venice 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew.

The four passengers have, so far, not been identified.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The United States Coast Guard is searching for four people after a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday (Dec. 29).

The helicopter reportedly went down 10 miles offshore Southwest Pass, La, a shipping channel at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Coast Guard reports it was departing from an oil platform with four people onboard when it crashed.

One of the victims has been identified as 36-year-old David Scarborough of Lizana, Mississippi confirmed by his wife.

The coastguard suspended it’s search at 6:15 p.m.

“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. “Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends during this difficult time.”

The crash remains under investigation by The National Transportation Safety Board.

At this time no further details are available.