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Good Samaritan recovers body of man who fell into Mississippi River

6 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, July 19 2016 Jul 19, 2016 July 19, 2016 4:00 PM July 19, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
Image: Wikimedia Commons

DONALDSONVILLE - The body of a missing man who fell into the Mississippi River has been recovered. The Coast Guard said that Ambarish Parekh's body was recovered by a good Samaritan recovered Parekh's body in the water and transferred him to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office

The Coast Guard said Capt. Parekh was last seen Sunday morning wearing a blue shirt and long pants with a personal flotation device. The Coast Guard said Parekh was attempting to board the freight vessel African Raptor from a crew boat and fell off a ramp that was connecting the two vessels near Donaldsonville.

Involved in the search were:

Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot Response Boat-Small crews
- Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew
- Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews
- Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 crews
- Ascension Parish Sherriff's Office
- Port of South Louisiana

The Coast Guard searched a combined 223 square miles from mile marker 180 to the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans.

The search ended Monday night.

The Coast Guard searched with boats, helicopters and an Ascension Parish fire boat crew.

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