BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As of Thursday, December 8, Baton Rouge Police (BRPD) say authorities are still searching for a person who was seen struggling in the waters of the Mississippi River Wednesday, December 7.
First responders were called to the scene of the incident at Baton Rouge’s Mississippi River levee near North Street late Wednesday morning.
According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department (BRFD), it was around 11:45 a.m. when witnesses initially spotted a man in the river, struggling to swim.
A witness on scene told BRProud they saw the man standing on top of a barge docked on the levee shortly before entering the waters. They said it looked like the man was simply trying to go for a swim.
First responders were alerted and quickly jumped into action, searching for the man.
BRPD spent all of Wednesday afternoon, evening, and Thursday morning working alongside BRFD firefighters, members of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department (EBRSO), and the U.S. Coast Guard in efforts to locate the missing man.
As of 3:45 p.m. the following day day, Thursday, BRPD said rescuers had yet to locate the man and efforts remain underway.
BRProud will continue to monitor this situation and update readers as authorities provide additional information.