Coast Guard suspends search for missing crewmember
CONVENT - The search for a missing crewmember aboard a sunken Coast Guard towing vessel has been called off.
Sunday morning around 8 a.m. UTV Miss Natalie sank on the lower Mississippi, carrying five people. Four of the five were able to escape to safety.
The search spanded 85 miles along the Mississippi River. The Coast Guard sector New Orleans released the below statement:
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the missing crewmember's family and friends," said Cmdr. Kelly Denning of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. "We appreciate all the support provided by our state, local and industry partners in the search effort, especially the quick response by the Port of South, La. Based on several eye witness accounts, however, we have determined that the missing crewmember was onboard the vessel when it sank. Pending further developments, we have decided to suspend the active search."
The cause as to why the vessel sank is still under investigation.