Posted on March 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A tug capsized in the Mississippi River, in the evening of March the 18th. The Seattle Slew sunk in the vicinity of mile marker 55 on the lower Mississippi River, north of Point A La Hache, Louisiana, at approximately 20:00 pm in the evening.
The tug was in the process of pushing an empty barge down the river when it began tilting to the right.
The ship started taking on water at its stern, forcing the crew members to jump into the water to save themselves.
The Coast Guard immediately dispatched crews to the scene and managed to successfully rescue two seafarers.
Unfortunately, the Captain of the vessel is still considered missing.
A search & rescue operation was immediately launched, as the Coast Guard closed the river from mile marker 56 to 58.
Regrettably, after 18 hours of searching, the Coast Guard suspended the operation.
They managed to cover over 158 nautical square miles in the process, but there was no sign of the ship Captain.
“The decision to suspend a search is never easy. We saturated the search area with search crews but, unfortunately, were unable to locate the missing person,” said Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Commander, Michael Wolfe in a statement.
This is the second ship sinking to occur in the Mississippi river within the space of a few days. Just last week, the Michelle Anne, a towing vessel operating near Baton Rouge sank after colliding with an anchored bulk carrier.
Thankfully, all four seafarers in that instance were successfully rescued.