NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard continues to search for two people on a helicopter that crashed and sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles south of Terrebonne Bay.

A Coast Guard spokesman says debris was found in the area where the helicopter went down around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.

A cutter remained in the area overnight and helicopters will return to the area to aide in the search around 6 a.m. Thursday.

In a news release Wednesday, the Coast Guard said the crew of a nearby rig reported the crash. It says crew members launched a life raft but the aircraft sank before they could get to it.

The Coast Guard hasn’t released the name of the helicopter’s owner.