Coast Guard searching for missing person in Mississippi River

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., prepares to lower a rescue basket onto the deck of Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Naden, a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Sidney, British Columbia, during a training exercise in Moresby Passage, Aug. 7, 2014. The aircrew lowered and retrieved a rescue swimmer and rescue basket to allow the boat crew to practice hoist procedures necessary during the transfer of an injured person. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard, New Orleans Harbor Police and the crew of the Port Authority response vessel General Kelly are searching for a missing person in the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report of a person in the water near the New Orleans Riverwalk at about 7:15 p.m.

Sector New Orleans watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station New Orleans small boat crew and a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew. Both assets are actively searching.

The New Orleans Police Department is currently working on identifying the individual.

Conditions of the Mississippi River are high water with swift currents.

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