Coast Guard searching for two after tow vessel sinks in Mississippi River

Coast Guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas M. Blue

Coast Guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas M. Blue

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for two people after a towing vessel 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 9:43 a.m. that the towing vessel Natalie Jean capsized with three people aboard. The good Samaritan vessel Earl Gosling rescued one person.

Involved in the search are:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Coast Guard Station New Orleans 45-foot 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

The Mississippi River is closed from mile marker 89 to 90.5.

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

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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