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Coast Guard continues search overnight for man overboard in Mississippi River

Coast Guard
Posted at 10:59 AM, Dec 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-01 19:53:30-05

BATON ROUGE — The Coast Guard is continuing a search overnight for a man who fell overboard early Wednesday morning from the motor vessel, the American Queen.

The incident took place near the mile marker 229 of the Mississippi River around Baton Rouge, officials say.

Watch-standers with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a radio call at 2:03 a.m. on VHF-FM channel 16 from the crew of the vessel stating a crew-member reportedly fell overboard and that they launched a man-overboard rescue boat-crew. The watch-standers issued an urgent marine information broadcast and closed the Mississippi River from mile marker 230 to mile marker 224 for deep-draft commercial vessels. 

Response crews searching are:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
  • Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot Response Boat-Small
  • Coast Guard Cutter Kickapoo
  • East Baton Rouge Sheriff marine unit
  • Louisiana State University Campus police for shoreline search