Two missing after vessel sinks in MS River

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 12, 2018 - 8:52 pm

A boat capsized in the Mississippi, sending thee crew members into the water.  It happened after the tug reportedly crashed into an anchored ship.

"New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting three persons in the water following a collision on the Mississippi River," Captain Edwin Holmes said in a news release. "One adult male was pulled from the river prior to NOFD arrival.  The victim was treated on the scene by NOFD personnel prior to being turned over to New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) personnel."

The United States Coast Guard launched a search.

"The Coast Guard is searching for two people after a towing vessel sank in the vicinity of mile marker 90.5 on the Mississippi River," according to the 8th District Heartland public affairs. "The towing vessel Natalie Jean capsized with three people aboard. The good Samaritan vessel Earl Gosling rescued one person."

Officials several say assets and agencies helped in the search.

  •     Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  •     Coast Guard Station New Orleans Response Boat-Medium boatcrew
  •     Coast Guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity
  •     New Orleans Harbor Police
  •     Plaquemines Port Authority
  •     St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office
  •     Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office
  •     U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  •     NOAA

The Guard closed the Mississippi River for a mile and a half during the search and amid concerns over possible pollution.

"There is an estimated 600 gallons of fuel on board the Natalie Jean," the release said. "The cause of the incident is under investigation."



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