The Coast Guard is searching for two people believed to have fallen into the Mississippi River after a tugboat pulling a barge struck a docked ship Monday near New Orleans.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 0943 that the Natalie Jean had capsized near Algiers at river mile 90.5. One was rescued by another vessel, the Earl Gosling.
Involved in the search are a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, Coast Guard Station New Orleans Response Boat-Medium boat crew, Coast Guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity, New Orleans Harbor Police, Plaquemines Port Authority, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Corps of Engineers. The response command has closed the MS to navigation for one mile on either side of the accident.
The tugboat was carrying 600 gallons of fuel but as of early Monday afternoon there were no reports of spilling, according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard says that the cause of the incident is under investigation. It capsized around 9:43 a.m. The station, WWL-TV, also reported that the man rescued was the towboat's captain.