Baton Rouge, La. (BRPROUD)–The Coast Guard is searching for a man who fell overboard the American Queen steamboat into the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge.

Land, sea, and aircrew search and rescue efforts are underway.

The U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland said the man was a crewmember and fell off of the boat early Wednesday morning.

Watchstanders with the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a radio call at 2:03 a.m. on VHF-FM channel 16.

“A crew member had reportedly fallen overboard and immediately following this, they launched a man overboard rescue boat crew. None of the circumstances are ever the same with water temperatures, currents, the movement of the vessel, and well as different depths in certain areas,” said District 8 U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs 3rd Class Petty Officer Riley Perkofski.

The American Queen

The Coast Guard said the boat was traveling when the man fell overboard.

“There is a partial river closure for deep-draft commercial vessels. That is taking place on the Mississippi River from mile marker 230 to 224,” said PO3 Perkofski.

The American Queen Voyages said in a statement:

“The American Queen immediately began search and rescue efforts and notified the U.S. Coast Guard. The American Queen participated in search and rescue efforts along with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials until released by the Coast Guard earlier this morning. The American Queen is currently moored in Baton Rouge.

Response crews searching are:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
  • Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot Response Boat-Small
  • Coast Guard Cutter Kickapoo
  • East Baton Rouge Sheriff marine unit
  • Louisiana State University Campus police for shoreline search

“We commend our crew for their quick initial actions and search and rescue efforts. We’re thankful for the efforts of Coast Guard, state and local first responders as well as members of the maritime community who assisted with search and rescue efforts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our fellow crew member and their loved ones as the Coast Guard continues search efforts currently underway,” said an American Queen Voyages spokesperson in a statement.

We will keep you updated with the latest information as it comes through.