Coast Guard coordinates search for 1 person with state, local agencies

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ST. LOUIS —  The Coast Guard is coordinating a search-and-rescue operation with state and local agencies for a woman in the water near St. Charles, Ill.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a report at approximately 4 p.m. Friday of a person in the water from the pilot aboard the Golden Eagle Ferry in Golden Eagle, Ill.; the person appeared to enter the water directly after the ferry left the Missouri bank. It was unclear if the incident was intentional or accidental. The person is described as a white female with blonde hair wearing shorts and a light-colored tank top.

Sector Upper Mississippi River issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and assumed the role of search-and-rescue mission coordinator.

Search-and-rescue resources are:

  • A 24-foot Response Boat — Small boatcrew from Sector Upper Mississippi River;
  • Two St. Charles Fire Department vessels;
  • A Missouri State Water Patrol boatcrew;
  • Two vessels from  the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

All surface assets are on scene searching a three-mile area across the Mississippi River, and the Metro Air Support Group of St. Louis has conducted a helicopter overflight.

“Close interagency relations are the cornerstone of successful operations,” said Lt. Colin Fogarty, incident management chief at Sector Upper Mississippi River. “These operations are based upon well-grounded and firmly established relations with our local and state partners.”

Anyone with information is requested to contact Sector Upper Mississippi River at (314) 269-2463.

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