NEW ORLEANS, La. (BRPROUD) – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for three children who were last seen near the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans.

“The decision to suspend any search and rescue case is never easy but considering the extensive search efforts of our Coast Guard men and women, in conjunction with other response agencies, I’ve made the difficult decision to suspend our active search for the three children,” said Capt. Kelly Denning, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans commander. “Our prayers are with the families during this difficult time.”

The rescue crews searched more than 93 miles along the Mississippi River for hours.

A 15-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl, and an eight-year-old girl were seen entering the Mississippi River near the bridge before the sunset on Saturday.

Rescue crews who joined the U.S. Coast Guard include the Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, two Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team New Orleans boat crews, the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish crew, the Coast Guard Station New Orleans boat crew, the New Orleans police and fire departments.