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Boat sinks on Mississppi River, helicopter searches for 27-year-old

FORT JACKSON, New Orleans (WJTV) - The United States Coast Guard has dispatched a fleet of response vessels in search of a 27-year-old man who was aboard a ship that sank near Fort Jackson, Louisiana at sunrise Saturday.

Officials say that watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call for help at  5:41 a.m. 

The vessel with three people aboard was “taking on water, near mile marker 20 on the Mississippi River,” a press release said.

The boat sank and two of the three people aboard were able to swim to shore, but the 27-year-old man did not.

His name is not yet known. His shipmates say he was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket.

Parties and vessels involved in the search are an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Venice, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish.


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