Coast Guard suspends search for missing Louisiana man after capsized tug boat found


The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended their search for a man after a vessel capsized in the Mississippi near Myrtle Grove. Turn Services, who owns and operates the tug boat that sank, identified the missing crew member as David Mills Jr.

Coast Guard crews searched approximately 158 square-nautical miles for approximately 18 hours but were unable to find Mills.

“The decision to suspend a search is never easy,” said Cmdr. Michael Wolfe, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “We saturated the search area with search crews but, unfortunately, were unable to locate the missing person.”

The president of Crescent River Port Pilot’s Association confirmed the tug boat that capsized was found Tuesday afternoon near the barge fleet where it sank.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a notification at 8:12 p.m. Monday of the 54-foot inspected towing vessel Seattle Slew capsizing in the Mississippi River near Myrtle Grove Fleet with three people on board. Two people were recovered.

The two rescued were taken to an area hospital.

Both the Coast Guard and Plaquemines Parish had crews searching for the missing man since Monday night.

The president of Turn Services, Mario Munoz issued a statement, saying:

At this moment our entire focus and attention is geared towards the search for our missing teammate. We extend our sincere thoughts and prayers to all the crewmembers involved, their families and to the rest of our Turn Services team.”

There was a waterway closure from mile marker 55 to mile marker 58 on the Mississippi River, but it has since reopened.

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