Tug boat captain missing, two crew members rescued after boat capsizes in Mississippi River

Published 12:22 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The captain of a tug boat is missing but two crew members were rescued after the vessel capsized in the Mississippi River in Louisiana.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the Seattle Slew overturned near Myrtle Grove downstream from New Orleans at approximately 8 p.m. Monday.
Petty Officer Brandon Giles told news outlets two crew members were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Giles says a helicopter and a Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office boat are searching for the missing captain. A 3-mile stretch of the river was closed during the search.

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Myrtle Grove is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of New Orleans. The names of those involved weren’t immediately released.