Coast Guard suspends search for missing tug captain

Vessel capsized north of Point A La Hache

Chris Miller
March 19, 2019 - 5:19 pm

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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for the captain of a tug boat that capsized in the river last night.

The vessel Seattle Slew began taking on water and capsized about 55 miles from the mouth of the river. Two crewmembers were rescued after jumping ship, but the captain remained on board.

"The decision to suspend a search is never easy," said Cmdr. Michael Wolfe, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. "We saturated the search area with search crews but, unfortunately, were unable to locate the missing person."

It was the third sinking in less than two weeks on the river between Baton Rouge and the Gulf of Mexico.

Last week a tug boat sank near Baton Rouge.  All four people on board that vessel escaped to safety.  There was, however, a fuel spill.

Another tug sank near LaPlace.  The five crewmembers that were on board that vessel were rescued by a good Samaritan.

All of this comes amid very high and fast moving water on the Mississippi River.

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