Coast Guard identifies 2 missing after tug sinks in river

March 14, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has identified two men missing from a tugboat that sank Monday in the Mississippi River.

Multiple news outlets report the men were identified as Malon Dawsey and Karl Prince and were still listed as missing Tuesday. A third person, whose name was not released, was rescued from the boat as it sank by people onboard the vessel Earl Gosling.

A Coast Guard spokesman said the agency has been unable to find the tugboat, Natalie Jean, which sank near Chalmette around mile-marker 90.5. The New Orleans Fire Department says it capsized after a collision around 9:43 a.m. Officials Tuesday did not say what the tugboat crashed into or what caused the accident.

The Natalie Jean is owned by Creole Chief Inc., whose owner declined to comment.

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