2 missing, 1 rescued after tugboat sinks in Mississippi River

2 missing, 1 rescued after tugboat sinks in Mississippi River
Published: Mar. 12, 2018 at 3:18 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 12, 2018 at 4:02 PM CDT
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CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - Authorities are investigating a sunken tugboat on the Mississippi River.

Around 9:43 a.m. Monday watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report that towing vessel Natalie Jean capsized with three people aboard.

According to the report, one person was rescued and two are still missing.

The vessel sank at General Anchorage near milemarker 90.5, and the Lower Mississippi River is closed in the Algiers Point area from mile marker 89 to 90.5.

The vessel sank across from the Chalmette slip.

There is an estimated 600 gallons of fuel on board the Natalie Jean.

Involved in the search are:

  • 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

We have a reporter on scene and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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