On May 30th the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans was called out to a search and rescue on the Mississippi river near Baton Rouge. A Tug boat manned by five crewmen sank near mile marker 162 and activated the mobilization. Four crewmen were rescued by a Good Samaritan in the area, but one crewman remains missing.
A response boat, side scan sonar team, divers, and a helicopter were launched to aid in the search for the missing man, but after reviewing witness testimony the search was called off. The witnesses believe the crewman went down with the ship.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the missing crewmember’s family and friends,” said the commander of the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans before he thanked everyone who participated in the search effort. The river was open to one-way traffic only until the May 31st between mile markers 158 and 162. The 15 hour search covered around 85 river miles.
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