2 missing, 1 rescued after tugboat hits docked ship

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 14, 2018

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. "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 U.S. Coast Guard continued searching for two people Monday night after the 64′ towing vessel Natalie Jean sank in the vicinity of mile marker 90.5 on the Mississippi River near New Orleans, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 0943 that the Natalie Jean had capsized near Algiers at river mile 90.5.

The adult male who was rescued was saved by people onboard good Samaritan vessel Earl Gosling. The response command has closed the MS to navigation for one mile on either side of the accident.

The Natalie Jean has about 600 gallons of diesel fuel on board, but as of Monday afternoon there were no signs of a spill, the Coast Guard reported. The Coast Guard says that the cause of the incident is under investigation.

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