CONVENT, LA (WVUE) - - The United States Coast Guard has suspended the search for a tugboat crewmember who went missing after the vessel sank. The incident occurred Saturday at 8 a.m. on the Mississippi River, just south of Convent. A total of five crewmembers were aboard at the time of the vessel capsizing. Four crewmembers were able to escape and were picked up by a good Samaritan.
A Coast Guard spokesperson says that crews worked 15 mission hours and covered 85 river miles in the search. Crews will return Sunday morning for dive and salvage operations.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the missing crewmember's family and friends," said Cmdr. Kelly Denning of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. "We appreciate all the support provided by our state, local and industry partners in the search effort, especially the quick response by the Port of South, La. Based on several eye witness accounts, however, we have determined that the missing crewmember was onboard the vessel when it sank. Pending further developments, we have decided to suspend the active search."