Coast Guard, sheriffs search for missing swimmer near Franklinton, LA

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is assisting the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office search for a woman who went missing on the Bogue Chitto River near Franklinton, Sunday.

Missing is Melanie Borja, 22.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call that Borja jumped off her tube and started swimming. Borja was last seen swimming about half way down the Bogue Chitto River. She was wearing a two-piece bathing suit with a white top and blue bottom. Borja has red hair and is 125-lbs.

The Coast Guard and Washington Parish sheriffs are currently searching an area of five miles in the vicinity of the Bogue Chitto river.

Search-and-rescue resources deployed are:

  • One Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew;
  • One Washington Parish sheriff’s office boatcrew.

The Coast Guard recommends all boaters and water enthusiasts wear a life jacket at all times on the water.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Melanie Borja, contact Coast Guard Sector New Orleans at 504-365-2209, or Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-839-3434.

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