Coast Guard searching for person in the water

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium

Coast Guard Station New Orleans 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 8:22 p.m. Wednesday of a missing man from the towing vessel St. Genevieve who was last seen on the vessel between mile marker 161 and 162 on the Mississippi River.

The missing man was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.

Sector watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and a response boat crew from Coast Guard Station New Orleans to search for the man.

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