UPDATE: Coast Guard officials suspended their search Friday morning (May 24), when they were unable to find him after looking for 27 hours over an area of roughly 168 nautical square miles.
CONVENT, La. (WVUE) - The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a person in the Mississippi River in St. James Parish.
Officials received a report at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday of a missing man from the towing vessel St. Genevieve who was last seen on the vessel between mile marker 161 and 162 on the Mississippi River, which is near Convent.
The missing man was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.
A helicopter and response boat crew were searching for the missing man, the Coast Guard said. After calling off the search Friday, Lt. Commander Patrick Plummer offered his condolences to the man’s family, saying the decision is “never easy.”
“Our crews searched diligently for the missing man but, unfortunately, were unable to locate him. Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of the missing man during this difficult time," Plummer said.