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Crewman missing after tugboat sinks; three rescued

Jun 1, 2017 03:46 PM

The Coast Guard suspends the search after 98-hour effort covering 3,753 square miles

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a person in the water south of Marsh Island, Louisiana, Thursday. 

Coast Guard assets searched 3,753 square nautical miles for approximately 98 hours for a missing person in the water who was aboard the tug vessel Crosby Commander.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report Monday at approximately 5:00 a.m. of the Crosby Commander taking on water with four people aboard. Three of the four people were able to evacuate to a life raft before the vessel sank.

The survivors were rescued by the motor vessel Andi Nicole and reported in good condition.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Earlier Coast Guard news release:

(New Orleans) — The Coast Guard and good Samaritans are searching for a person in the water approximately 30 nautical miles south of Marsh Island, Louisiana, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 5 a.m. of the tug vessel Crosby Commander taking on water with four people aboard. Three people were able to evacuate to a life raft before the vessel sank. 

One crewmember is missing.

The survivors in the life raft were rescued by the good Samaritan motor vessel Andi Nicole. 

The survivors were rescued in good condition with no medical concerns.

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