Coast Guard suspends search for missing person in Mississippi River

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans training exerciseNEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has suspended their search for the person missing in the Mississippi River near New Orleans, Wednesday.

Crews covered more than 230 square miles during the search after receiving a report of a person in the water Tuesday evening. Rescue crews continuously searched the Mississippi River for more than 24 hours.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans suspended the search of the Mississippi River at 7:28 p.m.  The New Orleans Police Department continues to investigate the identity of the missing person.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the missing man’s family and friends,” said Lt. Josiah J. Starr of Sector New Orleans. “We appreciate all the support provided by our state, local and industry partners in the search effort. Pending further developments, we have decided to suspend the active search.”

Participating in the search were Coast Guard crews and assets from Sector New Orleans, Coast Guard Cutter Bonito, Coast Guard Station New Orleans, Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, Fire Boat General Roy S. Kelly, and New Orleans Harbor Police.

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