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Coast Guard ends search for 2 missing in Mississippi River

January 18, 2019

BOOTHVILLE, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for two people missing in the Mississippi River after a workboat capsized.

The Coast Guard made the decision Thursday after a search that lasted 27 hours and covered 130 square miles (nearly 340 square kilometers).

The 32-foot (10-meter) boat was found Thursday. The Coast Guard said Katelyn Carlisle and Ruben Arellano were on board when it capsized late Wednesday morning near Boothville.

The Coast Guard, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and Branch Pilot boat crews responded to the call for help.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Michael Wolfe said it’s never easy to make the decision to stop a search.

What prompted the boat to capsize is still under investigation.

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This story has been corrected for the spelling of Ruben’s name from Rueben.

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