Coast Guard rescues 2, searching for 1 after boat capsizes on Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has saved two people and is searching for one more in the Mississippi River near Fort Jackson, La., approximately 55 miles southeast of New Orleans, Monday.

The Coast Guard received a report of a capsized fishing vessel near Fort Jackson at approximately 2:30 p.m. and immediately launched a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew, and the Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill, a Gulfport, Miss.-based 87-foot patrol which was in the area to conduct search and rescue.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., the cutter Razorbill arrived on scene and rescued two men clinging to the hull of the overturned fishing vessel, the Ashleigh Marie. The Razorbill transferred the men to emergency medical services in Plaquemines Parish. The cutter’s small boat and crew and the Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew remain on scene and continue to search for the missing person.

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