2 still missing in Mississippi River capsize, sunken boat found

Don Ames
January 17, 2019 - 7:03 pm

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The search for a man and woman missing after a boat capsized on the Mississippi River Wednesday has been suspended

The owner of the workboat that capsized and sank in the River says the vessel has been found.

Marine Spill Response Corp. of Herndon, Virginia, says the 32-foot workboat was located Thursday near where it sank a day earlier during a training exercise. A crane barge is on the scene near Boothville, Louisiana.

Employee Ceren Karaer says the boat had been lowered from a 220-foot vessel and was drawing boom from a reel on the larger vessel. Boom is floating material used to contain or sop up spills.

She says 48-year-old Ruben Arellano was assigned to drive the boat and 24-year-old Katelyn Carlisle to handle the boom.

According to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 11 a.m. Wednesday about a capsized at mile marker 18 on the river near Boothville. 

Rescuers resumed the search at daybreak Thursday and suspended the search just before 4 p.m. 

The Coast Guard said it searched 130 square nautical miles for about 2 hours. 

Air crews and boat crews from the New Orleans and Venice Coast Guard stations, Plaquemines Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and Branch Pilot were all involved in the search. 

 

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